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Google, YouTube Kids under fire for 'inappropriate content'

Child advocacy groups say that the "family friendly" YouTube Kids app is anything but that.

By May 19, 2015


Privacy groups ask FTC to block Facebook-WhatsApp deal

Not so fast, Facebook. Citing privacy concerns, two US-based watchdog groups file an FTC complaint hoping to block its planned $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp.

By March 6, 2014


Developer temporarily pulls kids app accused of privacy violations

Complaint alleges that Mobbles, a game in which children collect and care for virtual pets, violated federal law by collecting personal information of children under 13 without parental consent.

By December 11, 2012


Commenters push Facebook policy changes to public vote

For the third time in Facebook history, the social network will put a vote about how it does business to its members. And if history is any guide, turnout will be low.

By November 27, 2012


Privacy watchdogs aren't happy about Facebook's site changes

After the social network announced that it might abolish users' voting privileges on site governance, consumer groups say the company is violating its settlement agreement with the FTC.

By November 26, 2012


Groups ask FTC to probe kid-focused viral marketing

Seventeen advocacy groups called on the federal agency to investigate what they called the "commercial exploitation of youths" though viral marketing campaigns.

By August 27, 2012


Consumer group files FTC complaint against Google

From Google's privacy policy change to Google overriding browser default settings, the FTC is getting an earful from privacy groups and lawmakers.

By February 22, 2012


Groups push feds for video game age restrictions

Coalition, which includes those claiming video games can cause "mental-health problems," wants rules that may mean credit cards or driver's licenses for age verification.

By July 2, 2010


ACLU lawyer to be Facebook public-policy director

Facebook hires an American Civil Liberties Union attorney with ties to privacy groups to serve in the newly created position of public-policy director.

By March 24, 2009


Group calls for teen privacy protections on Facebook, MySpace

Child advocates plan to ask the FTC for rules that would protect teens from data collection and targeted marketing on sites like MySpace and Facebook.

By April 9, 2008