Articles tagged “ftc”

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U.S. regulator says D.C. taxi rules may be too restrictive, sides with Uber

FTC has frowned upon restrictive taxicab regulations in Colorado and Alaska before and now it has shown its displeasure in high-profile DC market. This is a big moral win -- not an actual one, since FTC is in advisory capacity here for now -- for Uber and other such new companies.

7 years ago

FTC rules on stricter disclosures for advertisers in mobile and social media

FTC rules on stricter disclosures for advertisers in mobile and social media

Diane Bartz, Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters

Huge implications for travel advertisers as well, who advertise and promote heavily online, mobile and now social media as well. Also, for travel bloggers used to taking free junkets, disclosure isn't enough, as the accompanying embedded document explains.

7 years ago

FTC suggestions for app developers & companies on mobile privacy: a list

FTC suggestions for app developers & companies on mobile privacy: a list

Rafat Ali, Skift

FTC's advice in a nutshell: start with minimum reasonable data security, then disclose, disclose, disclose, and go from there.

7 years ago

Apps — including travel — need to do lot more on privacy or more fines coming, FTC says

Apps — including travel — need to do lot more on privacy or more fines coming, FTC says

Eric Engleman, Bloomberg

Travel apps -- a bunch of which focus on accessing user's geolocation and photos besides other private information on mobile -- need to get their act together after this FTC fine and guidelines.

7 years ago

Google antitrust case: Europe’s harder line delays FTC decision

Google antitrust case: Europe’s harder line delays FTC decision

Reuters

Let's hope the EU can teach the FTC a thing or two when it comes to less-biased search practices from Google.

7 years ago

FTC’s Google antitrust probe: Will regulators really give Google a pass on search bias?

The devil's in the details regarding what sorts of concessions Google is willing to make on charges of search bias in travel and outside it.

7 years ago

FTC pressuring hotels on deceptive resort fees

Dennis Schaal and Dan Nguyen, Skift

Hidden resort fees impact both leisure and business travelers, and an FTC crackdown on the practice is long overdue.

7 years ago

Silicon Valley legislators go to bat for Google over FTC probe

Silicon Valley legislators go to bat for Google over FTC probe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Whether Google has violated antitrust laws may be up to the courts to decide, but it is clear that cluttering flight and hotel search results screens with results predominantly from its own products harms consumers.

7 years ago

Is FTC ready to give Google a pass on search bias?

Is FTC ready to give Google a pass on search bias?

The FTC should realize that Google's pointing consumers to its own products does indeed cause consumer harm. A free pass from the FTC would be a setback for consumers, although European regulators would likely be tougher on Google and could force some changes in its vertical-search practices.

7 years ago

Hertz awaits Dollar Thrifty’s decision to merge after winning FTC approval on Thursday

Hertz awaits Dollar Thrifty’s decision to merge after winning FTC approval on Thursday

Hertz’s tender offer for Dollar’s stock is set to expire today and may need to be extended to get the necessary number of shares, although both boards have already approved the merger.

7 years ago

The FTC is taking closer look and the Hertz-Dollar Thrifty deal

After so much maneuvering between Hertz and Avis Budget over Dollar Thrifty, it's hard to believe that the FTC would block the deal at this point. But, an honest deal review must take a hard look at how further industry consolidation would impact consumers.

7 years ago

Google should worry as FTC antitrust case looks likely

Diane Bartz, Reuters

If the FTC drops the hammer on Google in an antitrust case, this could have huge implications for travel companies, which have complained that Google is skewing search results toward its own products.

7 years ago