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ACLU lobbies FTC to probe carriers over Android security

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, urging the agency to investigate carrier efforts to offer secure consumer experiences across devices running Google's open-source Android mobile operating system.

FTC files charges against 'gift card' text spammers

The Federal Trade Commission has filed eight different complaints against 29 defendants charged with collectively sending more than 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers promising prizes including gift cards to big-box retailers including Target, Walmart and Best Buy.

Spotlight: FTC calls on mobile platforms to disclose personal data collection

The Federal Trade Commission is recommending that mobile platforms provide "just-in-time" disclosures to users about what personal information is being collected and get permission from the users to collect sensitive information.

FTC fines Path $800,000 for privacy breach, issues new mobile guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission issued new guidelines in an effort to increase transparency in how mobile app developers, app stores and other industry players store information about users. The news comes on the heels of another FTC announcement: Social networking app Path was fined $800,000 for violating the privacy of its underage users. 

Proposed bill would enable mobile phone users to delete app-collected data

Proposed legislation in Congress would enable mobile phone users to direct mobile application developers to delete personal data already collected and to stop collecting personal information once the user stops using the application.

Data brokers under FTC microscope

The Federal Trade Commission said this week it is investigating nine companies known as "data brokers" regarding their use of consumer information for profit without consumers' knowledge or consent.

Twitter developers urge FTC to probe new restrictions on third-party apps

Developers are petitioning the Federal Trade Commission to investigate new Twitter guidelines limiting how third-party clients leverage the microblogging platform.

Facebook earns FTC approval for Instagram acquisition, value drops $253M

More than four months after Facebook announced an agreement to acquire photo-sharing application Instagram, the deal has finally earned Federal Trade Commission approval.

Lawmaker urges FTC to probe iOS, Android privacy breaches

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate recent reports that mobile applications running Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android can

FTC to Apple, Google: Apps for kids must disclose data privacy practices

Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store, Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android Market and their mobile application developer partners must provide parents with greater insight into the data collection practices of