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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


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


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


Protecting kids from online food ads

This story mischaracterized the relationship between the Center for Digital Democracy and federal laws regarding children and the Internet. In the mid-1990s, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act was supported by the Center for Media Education, fro

By May 17, 2007


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


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


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


Feds plan 'town hall' meetings on online ad tech

The move comes in response to privacy gripes from advocacy groups about the practices companies like Microsoft use to target ads to consumers.

By June 25, 2007