D-Link: FTC files lawsuit against D-Link alleging it put consumers’ privacy at risk due to inadequate security of its computer routers and cameras

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer D-Link Corporation and its U.S. subsidiary, alleging that inadequate security measures taken by the company left its wireless routers and Internet cameras vulnerable to hackers and put U.S. consumers’ privacy at risk. The FTC charged that D-Link failed to take reasonable steps […]

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Unilever: Unilever named in class action over falsely advertising Pure Leaf Iced Tea as all natural

The complaint alleges that Unilever deceptively informed and led its customers to believe that its Pure Leaf Iced Tea, sold in a variety of flavors, is “All Natural,” despite containing unnatural ingredients, which are synthetic, artificial, and/or genetically modified, including but not limited to Citric Acid and/or “Natural Flavor.” Complaint

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Yahoo: Yahoo admits 500 million accounts hacked

Information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts was stolen from the company in 2014, the company said Thursday, indicating it believes a state-sponsored actor was behind the hack. The theft may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers This is […]

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ACICS: Department of Education revokes accreditation from ACICS, the accrediting body for Corinthian and other for-profit institutions

In June, Education Dept. staff and an advisory panel each voted in favor revoking ACICS’s accreditation. That decision has now been finalized by a Department of Education senior designated official, was made based on findings that the organization failed to properly monitor and discipline the colleges it oversees. The ACICS came under increased scrutiny after […]

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: FDA warns Popsalot, LLC that its Moroccan Mystique gourmet flavored popcorn product was falsely advertised as gluten free

On June 21, 2016, the FDA sent Popsalot, LLC a warning letter stating that its “Moroccan Mystique” gourmet flavored popcorn product is misbranded and its labeling false or misleading because the product bears the claim “gluten-free” but fails to comply with the definition of “gluten-free” [21 CPR 101.91(a)]. The FDA analyzed the product and found […]

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FTC: FTC issues warning Letters to 45 contact lens prescribers and 10 contact lens sellers warning them of potential violations of the agency’s Contact Lens Rule

  According to the law, an eye doctor must give the consumer a contact lens prescription after a fitting. It’s the law. The Contact Lens Rule is intended to facilitate the ability of consumers to comparison shop for contact lenses while ensuring that sales occur only in accordance with a valid prescription.  Under the Rule, […]

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FTC: The FTC on Super (un)natural product claims

In a recent post by Seena Gressin, Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, we get a glimpse of the FTC’s view of “natural” For lovers of word-association games: what words leap to mind when you think of “all natural” ingredients? Did you pick “Dimethicone,” “Phenoxyethanol,” or “Polyethylene”? Perhaps “Butyloctyl alicylate,” “Polyquaternium-37,” or “Neopentyl Glycol […]

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Silverpush: FTC issues warning letters over privacy risks in audio monitoring technology resulting from use of Silverpush code

  The FTC Issued warning letters to app developers using ‘Silverpush’ code — a piece of software that can monitor a device’s microphone to listen for audio signals that are embedded in television advertisements. The software is designed to monitor consumers’ television use through the use of “audio beacons” emitted by TVs, which consumers can’t […]

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: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission declares hoverboards unsafe

  In a letter to manufacturers of hoverboards the CPSC called on makers and sellers to voluntarily take hoverboards off the market until they can be certified as safe by UL, the independent testing firm widely used by U.S. electronics manufacturers and failure to do so could lead to prosecution.  CPSC Letter 2-18-16 This announcement […]

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Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc: Chipotle named in class action lawsuit over transmission of Norovirus in Simi Valley location

The class action lawsuit names Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. for allegedly allowing its Kitchen Manager to work for two days while sick with gastrointestinal symptoms, infecting potentially thousands of customers from its Simi Valley restaurant with the highly infectious Norovirus between August 18-19, 2015. A joint investigation conducted by Ventura County Environmental Health and Public […]

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