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Big Brother is Watching You (Shop For Pants): Mobile analytics firms implement code of conduct for tracking customers while they...

If you’ve ever dealt with that pushy salesperson at Bed, Bath & Beyond who won’t take your word for it that you’re just browsing and not ready to commit to a high-end home espresso machine, you know that being followed around...more

Web Analytics Firm Settles FTC Charges Over Intrusive Data Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has approved a final order settling charges against Compete, Inc., a Boston-based web analytics company. Compete, Inc. sells reports on consumer browsing behavior to...more

FTC Fines Path Mobile Social Networking App $800,000 for Privacy Breaches

The developer of the popular Path social networking app for mobile devices has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived users by collecting their personal information without their consent. As part...more

Web-tracking Software Company Settles FTC Charges on Personal Data

A web analytics company, Compete Inc., has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it violated federal law by using its web-tracking software to collect consumers’ personal data without sufficient...more

New European Consumer Agenda to be Observed and Adopted by Businesses

The European Commission’s new European Consumer Agenda lays out a strategic plan for EU consumer policy until 2014. The Agenda identifies key measures to maximise consumer participation and trust in the Single European...more

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