Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 27, 2012

    European Mobile Giants Agree To App Privacy Standards

    Europe's largest mobile operators and a U.K.-based industry group unveiled voluntary app privacy guidelines Monday, days after the largest U.S.-based app platform providers agreed to legally enforceable privacy standards.

  • February 27, 2012

    BMW Reaches $5M Deal In Call Recording Action

    A California federal judge on Monday tentatively approved a class action settlement worth nearly $5 million to resolve claims that BMW of North America LLC unlawfully recorded calls placed through its BMW Assist service.

  • February 27, 2012

    Target's Toning Shoe Ads Deceptive: Suit

    Target Corp. deceived its consumers by claiming its line of TrimStep toning shoes improved a wearer’s fitness and posture, even though scientific studies discredit those statements, according to a putative class action removed Friday to Minnesota federal court.

  • February 27, 2012

    HP Says Snapfish Users Agreed To Info-Sharing Policy

    Hewlett-Packard Co. urged a California federal judge Friday to dismiss a putative class action over allegedly unauthorized shared billing information, arguing that users of its Snapfish photo service were clearly informed of the policy and that they granted HP permission to pass the information along.

  • February 27, 2012

    Calif. AG Urges Delay of Fannie, Freddie Foreclosures

    California's attorney general on Friday urged the federal agency overseeing mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosure sales on loans issued to California homeowners, until it determines whether principal reduction is a better alternative for homeowners and taxpayers.

  • February 27, 2012

    Consumers Scoop Up $7.5M In Ben & Jerry's False Ad Deal

    Ice cream manufacturers Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. and another Unilever PLC unit reached settlements totaling $7.5 million with consumers in California federal court Friday, ending three related class actions alleging the companies falsely advertised Ben & Jerry's and Breyers chocolate ice cream as all-natural.

  • February 27, 2012

    Calif. Appeals Court Says Anti-Spam Law Not Preempted

    A California appeals court on Friday upheld a judgment against an email marketer, rejecting the marketer's argument that California's anti-spamming law was preempted by a federal law requiring a higher standard of proof for fraud.

  • February 27, 2012

    BofA Discriminates Against Disabled Homebuyers: HUD

    Federal housing officials have lodged a complaint accusing Bank of America Corp. of discriminating against disabled homebuyers by imposing unnecessary and burdensome requirements on borrowers who relied on disability income to qualify for home loans, the officials said Monday.

  • February 24, 2012

    Judge Won't Make FTC Enforce Google Buzz Settlement

    A Washington federal judge on Friday tossed a privacy group's suit asking the court to force the Federal Trade Commission to block Google Inc.'s privacy policy changes that allegedly violate a prior consent order, saying courts cannot tell agencies how to enforce such agreements.

  • February 24, 2012

    Whitney Bank Settles Overdraft Class Action For $7M

    Whitney Bank has agreed to pay out $6.8 million to settle a class action by customers who accused the bank of running a scheme to maximize revenue on excessive overdraft fees, according to a Thursday filing in Florida federal court.

  • February 24, 2012

    Rivals Jackson Hewitt, H&R Block Drop False Advertising Row

    A New York federal judge on Friday signed off on an agreement for tax service provider Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. to drop its claims that rival H&R Block Inc. used misleading advertisements about errors in Jackson Hewitt’s returns in order to steal its customers.

  • February 24, 2012

    FTC Strikes $359M Deal With Accused Online Scammer

    The Federal Trade Commission has reached a $359 million settlement with an alleged Internet scam marketer that will bar him and his companies from charging customers for items they did not agree to buy, the agency announced Thursday.

  • February 24, 2012

    Ritz-Carlton Developer Sued Over Deceptive Condo Sales

    The developers behind the upscale Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live were hit with a putative class action in California state court Wednesday by a disgruntled resident accusing them of misrepresenting the sizes of the units and forcing buyers into illegal one-sided purchase agreements.

  • February 24, 2012

    SoBe's 'All Natural' Labels Are False, Customers Say

    South Beach Beverage Co., maker of SoBe drinks, and its parent PepsiCo Inc. were hit Tuesday in California federal court with a putative class action alleging they falsely claim that SoBe's 0 Calories Lifewater drinks are "all natural."

  • February 24, 2012

    US Allowed To Subpoena Twitter Over Bachmann Threat

    A Washington federal judge ruled that the U.S. could force Twitter Inc. to reveal the identity of a user who expressed a desire to harm former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, according to a memorandum unsealed Thursday.

  • February 24, 2012

    AmEx Says FDIC Plans Action Over Charge Card Late Fees

    American Express Co. said in a Friday regulatory filing that federal and Utah banking regulators are likely to take action against its Centurion Bank unit over the way it assesses late fees on some of its charge cards.

  • February 24, 2012

    Financial Domain Names Could Boost Web Fraud: EU Watchdog

    Europe's top banking authority voiced concerns Thursday that new top-level domain names for financial firms, .bank and .fin, could cause a spike in fraudulent Web traffic, jeopardizing data security and frustrating regulators trying to combat the scams.

  • February 24, 2012

    Goldline Pledges $4.5M Refunds To End Case Over Coins

    Goldline International Inc., a gold coin dealer marketed by conservative political commentator Glenn Beck, agreed Wednesday to refund former customers up to $4.5 million to resolve criminal charges alleging it and several of its executives pulled a bait-and-switch scam.

  • February 24, 2012

    Warner Chilcott Subpoenaed Over Marketing, Off-Label Use

    Warner Chilcott PLC and some of its employees have received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts about matters including off-label drug use, sales and marketing activities, and payments to people who recommend drugs, the Irish pharmaceutical company said Friday.

  • February 23, 2012

    5th Amendment Rules Out Forced File Decryption: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that forcing a man under criminal investigation for child pornography to decrypt his hard drives would be a violation of his Fifth Amendment right because the act of decryption is equivalent to self-incriminatory testimony.