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Facebook faces class action lawsuit over children's online purchases

Facebook faces class-action lawsuit over children's online purchases

Facebook must defend itself against a California class action lawsuit that claims payments taken from children violate state laws.

Monday review - the hot 25 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with the hot stories of the past week...

...and why not try out our weekly podcast and watch our 60-second video while you're about it?

Robocall spotting contest launched by FTC

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The US Federal Trade Commission has launched a pair of competitions to stimulate research into technological approaches to the problem of robocalls.

IsAnybodyDown's Craig Brittain banned from the 'revenge porn' business

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The operator of a 'revenge porn' website got away with a slapped wrist after publishing nude photos of over 1,000 women online.

Yelp let off the hook after review-gaming complaints

Second FTC enquiry gives Yelp the all-clear

After a year-long investigation, the FTC has decided that those who complain about Yelp gaming its reviews don't have a leg to stand on.

Internet of Things is a threat to privacy, says FTC

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Minimizing the amount of data collected is one way to mitigate risk, suggested FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez during a speech at the internet-enabled gadget-engorged Consumer Electronics Show.

Online medical bill site tricked people to hand over health records

Online medical bill site tricked people to hand over health records

Online medical bill service, PaymentsMD, used the sign-up process for its patient portal as "a pathway to deceptively seek consumers' consent to obtain detailed medical information" about them.

SSCC 175 - "My, what an ENORMOUS malware infection you have!" [PODCAST]

Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast.

For your listening pleasure - the news you can use!

"That's not a hack..." - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's our latest 60 Second Security video.

One week of news in one amusingly informative minute...

FTC smackdown! More fake support scammers taken out...

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The FTC has taken out more fake support scammers who are said to have badgered consumers into parting with more than $120 million.

In return, the consumers received technical smoke and mirrors that was worth absolutely nothing.

"Dear ATM, kindly dispense 30 banknotes as a test" - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Here's this week's 60 Second Security video, for your viewing pleasure.

From scammers to spammers in just one minute...

SSCC 171 - Are you SURE that "1234" is a bad password? [PODCAST]

Here's the latest Chet Chat podcast for your listening pleasure...

Enjoy.

FTC takes down fake support scammers, upbeat about "getting consumers’ money back" [POLL]

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Just paying the money back isn't really a punishment for fake support call scammers.

So, what do *you* think the courts should do to punish these guys?

Have your say in our poll...

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.