The Commission suggests that, post-mega-acquisition (which has been OKed), WhatsApp should get users' permission before changing data collection.
Chet and Duck turn a week's worth of lost data, malware attacks, misleading apologies and shabby security into actions you can take to steer a safer course in your own organisation.
Here's our weekly "podcast with a purpose"...
Apple is understandably proud of the App Store - it has made lots and lots of money, with more or less no malware.
But not everyone has been entirely happy with Cupertino's acumen in application delivery...including the FTC.
A torch that needs to know where you are? What on earth for? So it can adapt the intensity of the light to your latitude?
Of course not! The data was mined and sold to advertisers...
Is CryptoLocker, with its $300 extortion, the most cynical and odious cybercrime on the go at the moment?
Paul Ducklin wonders...
Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.
Privacy groups have asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block some of Facebook's proposed policy changes.
This request comes amid concerns over how user information is employed in advertising across the social network.
The updated rule is confusing developers who can't tell when a mobile gadget passes from parent to offspring. Let's hope they get it all ironed out soon. Increased control for parents sounds like a good way to head off both advertising targeted at children and the willy-nilly dispersal of geolocation data.
The US FTC ran a Robocall Challenge to shake out some new approaches to identifying (and hanging up on) those dinner-interrupting, scam-blabbing annoyances that are auto-dialed robocalls.
The firm behind fake websites such as "News 6 News Alerts," "Health News Health Alerts," or "Health 5 Beat Health News" has had to cease its deceptive operations after it was fined by the FTC.
The second of two FTC reports on kids' mobile apps shows that the industry hasn't improved with regards to privacy, with many apps sharing personal information with third parties, all without notifying parents or asking for their permission.
A U.S. federal judge in San Francisco gives the nod of approval, declaring that Google should pay a $22.5M USD fine for misleading consumers about the privacy protections offered to users of Apple's Safari web browser.
The affiliate ad network behind a tidal wave of bogus pitches for Acai Berry weight loss products and colon cleansers has agreed to pay a $2 million penalty to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for deceptive advertising.
Here you go. All the stories we wrote in the past seven days, in case you missed anything (or just want to read them again).
The FTC has settled with web analytics company Compete, Inc. over poor security. Compete has agreed not to do it again, and to audit itself every two years for 20 years.
What do you think? Is that a stiff enough penalty? Have your say in our comments section...