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  • FTC Continues Crackdown On Companies Pitching Weight-Loss Miracles in Daily Online Examiner on 05/04/2015

    If there's one thing for which Americans would love a quick fix, it's weight loss. And if there's one kind of scam the Federal Trade Commission pursues with a vengeance, it's phony weight-loss products that are pitched as a miracle cure.

  • Lawmakers Struggle With Data Breach Proposals in Daily Online Examiner on 05/01/2015

    Last year was "the year of the data breach," with Target, Home Depot and Sony the most prominent in a long list of compromised companies. Never letting a good lawmaking opportunity go to waste, an equally long list of legislators in the 2015-2016 Congress have signed on to more than half a dozen data breach and data security bills, with more in the works.

  • Google's Lobbying Spending Reaches New Heights in Daily Online Examiner on 04/21/2015

    Google spent $5.47 million on lobbying in the first quarter -- more than all tech and telecom companies. That's up 45 percent over the previous quarter and nearly a million more than Comcast, the no. 2 spender on Capitol Hill, which has a $45 billion deal to sell to regulators.

  • Congress Considers Freeing More Spectrum For Mobile Broadband in Daily Online Examiner on 04/21/2015

    WiFi, Bluetooth and vehicle-to-vehicle safety communications could be on a collision course unless the government figures out a way to share spectrum. Over the next few months, leaders on the House Energy & Commerce Committee will hold a series of meetings with officials at the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Transportation to discuss whether the 5.9 GHz band (currently dedicated to vehicle-to-vehicle safety communications) can be shared for unlicensed consumer use.

  • Congress To Take Up Patent Troll Bills in Daily Online Examiner on 04/13/2015

    Lawmakers' return to Capitol Hill this week will be marked by a renewed effort to find a way to curb the abusive practices of patent trolls. In the last Congress, patent troll legislation came close to passing, but never made it across the finish line. Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is holding a hearing Tuesday on his Innovation Act -- a bill that was overwhelmingly passed by the House last year 325-91, but couldn't get to a floor vote in the Senate.

  • FCC To Examine Verizon's Supercookies in Daily Online Examiner on 04/10/2015

    The Federal Communications Commission will examine Verizon's use of supercookies for potential privacy violations. Verizon Wireless came under fire earlier this year from privacy advocates for using a tracking technology known as "supercookies" or "zombie cookies." The technology -- which relies on injecting a unique code into a user's mobile traffic -- allows the company to track users' mobile Web browsing in order to serve them targeted ads.

  • Tech Companies Press For Anti-Discrimination Laws in Daily Online Examiner on 04/06/2015

    Tech companies, among the biggest spenders in Washington, are weighing in en masse on social issues. Reacting to the religious freedom laws passed in Indiana and Arkansas, more than 100 high-profile executives have signed on to the Human Rights Campaign's joint statement to lawmakers calling for new non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

  • ANA Preps For Senate Battle Over Tax Breaks in Daily Online Examiner on 04/01/2015

    Advertisers shouldn't assume that gridlock on Capitol Hill will stop lawmakers from limiting the advertising tax deduction. The ability of a company to deduct advertising as a normal business expense, in place since 1913, has been targeted by lawmakers on and off for years. But this year, with a new Congress that wants to target tax reform, the ad business has a target on its back.

  • Ad Lawyers' Predictions: Data Will Be King, Disclaimers Will Disappear in Daily Online Examiner on 03/31/2015

    A group of ad attorney gurus gazed into their crystal balls to give some provocative predictions of the regulatory and legal hurdles that advertisers will face in 10 years. The prognostications led off the Association of National Advertisers' ad law and public policy conference Tuesday in Washington, the annual confab that helps ad lawyers keep their clients and companies out of the courts and free of FTC enforcement.

  • FTC's McSweeny Reminds Advertisers To Disclose Paid Endorsements in Daily Online Examiner on 03/31/2015

    The technology that advertisers use may have changed, but the Federal Trade Commission's mission remains the same. That was the main message in FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny's first address before the advertising industry Tuesday at the Association of National Advertisers annual advertising law and public policy conference in Washington.

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