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The FTC Turns 100

One hundred years ago, President Wilson signed the “Federal Trade Commission Act” into law. The Act provided: (1) Unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce, and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, are hereby declared unlawful. (2) The Commission is hereby empowered and directed to prevent persons, partnerships, or corporations…

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FTC Declines to Take Action Over Yahoo! Astroturfing

FTC Issues No Action Letter Over Yahoo! Astroturfing The Federal Trade Commission has declined to take action In response to press reports that Yahoo! employees posted positive reviews of Yahoo! mobile apps on iTunes without disclosing their affiliation as required by the FTC’s Endorsement Guidelines. The FTC enumerated the following factors for this decision: there were…

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Recent California Spam Rulings

Cal. State Court – Privacy Protected Email Address OK If From Line Identifies Advertiser In June, an Alameda County judge granted summary judgment for Devry University against serial spam Plaintiff Timothy Dewitt, finding that a header that identifies the businesses on whose behalf the email was sent falls within the exception to liability under sec.…

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Canadian Spam Law Background

Canada’s Spam Law Now In Effect Although passed in December 2010, the Canadian law went through a regulatory maze and did not go into effect until July 1 (which is also Canada Day) 2014. The new law prohibits sending of commercial electronic messages without the recipient’s express consent, including messages to email addresses and social…