On November 17, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission released a report assessing the issues confronting consumers and regulators stemming from the rise of sharing economy apps such as Uber and Airbnb. The report describes how the Internet has allowed sellers and consumers to connect in order to provide services between individuals.
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On June 22, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that a settlement was reached with mobile advertising company, InMobi, to resolve charges that it deceptively tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their knowledge or consent. Among other things, the settlement orders the company to pay 950,000 dollars in civil penalties.
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On April 27, 2016, a federal district court judge in the Western District of Washington ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had proven that Amazon.com had engaged in unfair business practices in billing Amazon account holders for in-app charges without express, informed consent to such charges.
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