Federal Trade Commission News

Carmakers and Repair Shops Clash as Automation Upends Aftermarket

The rapid rise of crash-avoidance technology has set carmakers and repair shops on course for a collision that could determine who controls the $800 billion auto aftermarket in the digital age. Given the unprecedented sophistication of the systems, which include …

Tesla Model 3 Wins Top-Tier Safety Award from Insurance Group

Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 earned a coveted Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, after the sedan performed better in a crash test than the Model S. The Model 3 earned “good” crash ratings in each …

Facebook Faces Massive Damages in Cambridge Analytica Suit

Facebook Inc. users suing over the social network’s worst-ever privacy scandal gained leverage to pry into its internal records to back up their claims that it failed to safeguard their personal data, exposing the company to potentially billions of dollars …

Facebook Users Revive Lawsuit Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Four Facebook Inc. users revived a lawsuit against the social media company, claiming it invaded their privacy and violated its terms of service by selling their data to Cambridge Analytica and more than 150 other companies. The amended complaint, filed …

Facebook Pays Record $5 Billion to Settle U.S. Privacy Claims

Facebook Inc. agreed to pay a record $5 billion to resolve a U.S. investigation into years of privacy violations, a settlement that increases the board of directors’ responsibility for protecting users’ data while changing little about the company’s lucrative advertising …

Facebook Must Proceed With Privacy Breach Suit, Judge Rules

Facebook Inc. must defend itself in a District of Columbia lawsuit accusing the social network of failing to safeguard users’ personal data and allowing a U.K. political consulting firm to mine the information for the benefit of Donald Trump’s 2016 …

Facebook User Privacy Lawsuits Over Cambridge Analytica Have Legs

There’s no shortage of claims Facebook Inc. violates users’ privacy for profit. Far less common are rulings from U.S. courts finding the company’s practices illegal. A San Francisco federal judge was leaning in that direction Wednesday by indicating he won’t …

Pilgrim’s Pride Lands in Front of SEC Over Its Chicken Claims

The Humane Society of the United States has tried for months to stop poultry giant Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. from calling its chicken “100% natural” and “humanely” raised, claiming it’s neither. Following complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state …

Online Background Checks May Violate Fair Credit Law: FTC

Federal regulators this week warned several companies that the quick, easy background checks they are providing online might violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to 10 businesses, including sites like 4Nannies.com and USA …