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Google to pay $19,000,000 compensation for taking candy from kids

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Google will stump up $19,000,000 in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission.

The money will be used to refund Android users whose children, says the FTC, were able rack up in-app purchases too easily.

LifeLock pulls Wallet app, says it wasn't compliant with data security standards

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The controversial identify theft protection company LifeLock says it has pulled down its LifeLock Wallet app over concerns that the app is not compliant with payment card industry standards.

We tell you why LifeLock's woes are less than surprising, and offer some tips to avoid identity theft.

SSCC 147 - Why Snapchat will have to tell you the truth about security now [PODCAST]

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As usual, Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin turn their insightful and entertaining gaze on the security lessons we can learn from the past few days.

Give it a listen - it's our weekly quarter-hour security podcast...

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Snapchat agrees to settlement with FTC over privacy complaints

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Snapchat and the FTC have come to terms in a settlement over the privacy practices of the controversial mobile message service company.

Will Snapchat be better at protecting user privacy now that it's required to be monitored by a privacy auditor for the next 20 years?

WhatsApp, Facebook get a privacy finger wagged at them by FTC

WhatApp, Facebook get a privacy finger wagged at them by FTC

The Commission suggests that, post-mega-acquisition (which has been OKed), WhatsApp should get users' permission before changing data collection.

Facebook data scraped, people profiled as "jerks" and scammed by Jerk.com, FTC says

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Jerk.com allegedly scraped content from people's Facebook listings, put it up on its site, invited the world to throw rotten fruit at by clicking on a "jerk" or "not a jerk" button, and then had the outrageously uber-jerky jerkiness to charge people $30 to be able to (supposedly but not really) dispute.

SSCC 131 - Mac malware, Starbucks security, Apple versus FTC and giant Korean breach [PODCAST]

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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 slapped with settlement over shabby sales security in the App Store

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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.

FTC slapdown, no iPhone for Mr President, and Dutch banks get tough - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

How could the brightest flashlight leave you in the dark? Do you need to close Joel's Backdoor? Why can't the President choose his own phone? Should you update your anti-virus before you bank online?

Find out in 60 Second Security!

FTC acts against "Brightest Flashlight" app for deceptively tracking your location

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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...

FTC fights the cybercrooks who put CryptoLocker to shame

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Is CryptoLocker, with its $300 extortion, the most cynical and odious cybercrime on the go at the moment?

Paul Ducklin wonders...

Monday review - the hot 17 stories of the week

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Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Has Facebook violated its 2011 Federal Trade Commission settlement?

Has Facebook violated its 2011 Federal Trade Commission settlement?

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.

Cyberextortion by US gov, or simple P2P security lapse by medical firm?

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Company X leaks data. Company Y finds data. Y shills for security work. X refuses. Y tells the FTC. FTC asks X to explain. X says Y is unobjective. FTC asks X to explain, no ifs and buts. X writes a book about it.

Paul Ducklin takes a look at the saga...

US rule broadens to protect children's online privacy, leaves developers with questions

US rule broadens to protect children's online privacy, leaves developers with questions

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.

Monday review - the hot 17 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

New robocall-killer technologies, designed to filter out unwanted automated calls, win FTC awards

New robocall-killer technologies, designed to filter out unwanted automated calls, win FTC awards

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.

Acai Berry fake news website operators fined millions of dollars by FTC

Acai Berry fake news website operators fined millions of dollars by FTC

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.

Mobile apps for kids collecting and sharing information with third parties

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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.