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Federal Trade Commission

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Smartphone Apps for Kids Under Scrutiny Amid FTC Privacy Concerns

In its random examination of 400 smartphone apps designed for children, the FTC says most failed to inform parents about data the app gathered and who could access it.

12/10/2012

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Overhyped Advertising Claims

If you wanted to be just like Kim Kardashian (and who wouldn’t) and you went out and bought a pair of Skecher’s Shape-up sneakers, you can get money back.

07/24/2012

Online Shopping

The Mail Order Rule

Studies show that one dollar of every ten dollars spent is spent in on-line purchases. Now the law may finally be entering the 21st century as the ‘Mail Order Rule’ protects consumers.

07/17/2012

skechers

BLOG: Skechers Won’t Tone Your Tush, Refunds Coming

By Jim Donovan:  Sorry to tell you this, but the government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers’ fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian’s curves or Brooke […]

05/17/2012

credit cards

What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen

What’s the first thing you should do if you find that you’re the victim of identity theft? And then what?

05/11/2012

Fine Print

3 On Your Side: Consumers Ignore Fine Print

It’s been said that the devil is in the details, and when it comes to fine print, it seems the devil may be getting the upper hand!

04/23/2012

Mobile Payment

3 On Your Side: Mobile Payment App Warning

Mobile payment apps allow you to pay for coffee, food and even other merchandise with the wave of your phone at the register. But is using them safe?

04/09/2012

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Federal Trade Commission: Congress Should Let Industry Decide ‘Do Not Track’ Standards

Do online advertisers know too much about you? The feds have been taking a look at that question — and what to do about it.

03/27/2012

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BLOG: Acai Berry Weight Loss Marketers Settle Charges For $1.5 Million

By Jim Donovan:  Two online marketers have agreed to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that will permanently halt their allegedly deceptive practice of using fake news websites to promote acai berry supplements and so-called […]

03/22/2012

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Feds Urge Parents To Know What Kids Are Doing With Their Smartphones

The federal regulators want app makers to be up-front with what personal details are gathered and how they’re using that info — and they say parents must keep a closer eye on their kids’ touchscreens.

02/17/2012

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3 On Your Side: Mortgage Rescue Warning

As we head into 2012, are you having a more and more difficult time paying your mortgage? While the economy is slowly improving, it’s not happening fast enough for those at risk of losing their homes.

12/29/2011

3 On Your Side

3 On Your Side: Dangers Of Co-Signing

In these tight economic times, it’s harder than ever to get a loan, so some people are leaning on cosigners to get approval for the money they need. But as 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us, you may want to think twice.

11/07/2011

Online Job Scam

3-On Your Side: Scams Targeting Job Hunters

Are you in the market for a better job? Or maybe you’re out of work and looking for an opportunity just to earn a living? With unemployment still high, many job-hunters can fall victim to scams.

07/27/2011

Credit Cards

3-On Your Side: Bank Statement Sales

Imagine your bank sharing details about the purchases you made with your credit or debit card. After all, they know exactly what you bought.

03/14/2011

Western Union

‘The Grandson Scam’ Costs Families Thousands

Imagine getting a desperate phone call from a young relative. He’s in a foreign country in jail and needs money to get out. Would you help?

02/08/2011

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