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Kids' apps and websites set for scrutiny by ICO and other privacy watchdogs

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The ICO and other global watchdogs are to examine kids' apps and websites to ensure compliance with data protection laws.

Surely not the "Virus DESTROYS Computer" story again? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Our weekly fun-but-serious one-minute security video.

Malware hype, FTC action and some ancient history (well, the LOVE BUG)... enjoy.

That's SHUTTING down your PC, not SHOOTING it down! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

Ever felt like shooting your PC? This guy did it! (And more news in our weekly one-minute security video.)

Discounts for online reviews? No, says FTC

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The FTC has stopped auto-shipping company AmeriFreight from giving $50 discounts for customers who wrote reviews.

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...