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Apple CEO Tim Cook Greets Palo Alto Apple Store Customers Waiting For iPhones (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Larry Magid: Apple Agrees To Refund Customers $32.5M Over Purchases By Kids

Apple has agreed to refund $32.5 million to customers to settle a case with the federal government over mobile apps, but CEO Tim Cook says the FTC is punishing them for something they already fixed.

01/16/2014

Made in the USA

Bay Area Legislator Proposes Changing Standards For ‘Made In The USA’ Label

State senator Jerry Hill has proposed a bill that would ease those standards.

12/25/2013

Google headquarters in Mountain View (left), Oracle headquarters in Redwood City. (Getty Images / CBS)

Lawmaker Seeks Federal Probe Of Mountain View-Based Google

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Ed Markey wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate changes in Google’s terms of service that will allow the Internet search giant to use a user’s name, photo and product reviews in ads that it sells to businesses.

10/12/2013

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Tech Report: Mobile App Developers Focus On Transparency

Our technology analyst spoke at a conference of mobile-industry professionals in D.C. about the transparency and privacy issues important to mobile app developers.

06/06/2013

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ConsumerWatch: Study Finds Errors Common On Credit Reports

One in five consumers had an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday.

02/11/2013

A South Korea shop manager shows Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S mobile phone (R) and Apple's iPhone 3G at a shop in Seoul on July 27, 2010. . (Park Ji-Hwan/AFP/Getty Images)

Child Privacy Rules Slowing App Growth For Developers

The FTC’s chairman, Jon Leibowitz, defended the government’s approach. “When you are talking about children, you have to give the benefit of the doubt to privacy,” he said last week on Capitol Hill.

12/18/2012

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Tech Report: Feds Release New Guidelines On Facial Recognition Technology

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines on how facial recognition technology should be used. The usage guidelines are meant as a way to protect the privacy of consumers.

10/23/2012

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Complaints About Automated Calls Up Sharply Since 2010

Government figures show robocall complaints up about 225 percent since late 2010. The spike raises questions about how well the federal do-not-call list is working. That list bars telemarketers from calling the more than 209 million phone numbers on the registry.

09/17/2012

Google

Google Paying Record $22.5M Fine For Breaking Privacy Promise To Trade Commission

Google was set to pay a record $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who use Apple’s Safari browser.

08/09/2012

A sign is displayed outside of the Google headquarters in Mountain View. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google Reportedly Facing $22.5M Fine In Privacy Case

Google has agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine to settle allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking the online activities of millions of people who use Apple’s Safari web browser.

07/10/2012

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