FTC acts on cramming: The Federal Trade Commission took its first action against a company accused of mobile phone “cramming,” or adding unauthorized charges to users’ accounts.
In a press release Wednesday, the agency said that it has taken legal action against Wise Media, which allegedly billed customers for “premium” text message services without consumers’ knowledge.
The agency has frozen the company’s assets and ordered them to stop “their deceptive and unfair practices.”
Facebook lobbied for carve-out: Facebook lobbyists successfully negotiated for a carve-out that could allow the company to sidestep two provisions in a new Senate immigration proposal, The Washington Post reported.
According to The Post, Facebook may be able to avoid a requirement that they make “good faith” efforts to recruit American jobs before hiring workers from other countries and could also get around rules that it to pay higher wages to foreign workers.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced a new effort to have technology company executives advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
Sen. Harry Reid moves to speed up online tax bill: The Wall Street Journal reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is looking to expedite a vote on online sales tax legislation once the Senate has finished its work on gun-control measures.
According to the report, Reid would like the bill to move to the Senate floor without first going through committee.
In March, a majority of senators expressed their support for an amendment that would allow states to charge state and local taxes on online purchases. Online retailers such as Amazon have lent their support for this kind of measure, but critics say that it could be too difficult for states to implement and could also hurt small businesses who ship goods online to customers in other states.
ACLU files fragmentation complaint: The American Civil Liberties Union Tuesday filed a complaint with the FTC saying that the nation’s largest wireless carriers are making consumers vulnerable to security risks by not updating their devices to the latest versions of Google’s Android operating system.
In the complaint, The Washington Post reported, the ACLU accused the nation’s top wireless carriers of “deceptive” business practices.
The complaint asks that the carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile — be required to notify customers when their phones require an upgrade or offer to replace devices that cannot be patched.
CISPA veto threat: The White House Tuesday issued a veto threat against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, saying that the bill does not adequately protect consumer privacy.
On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee voted down amendments that Democratic lawmakers said would have strengthened privacy requirements in the bill.
The bill is expected to hit the House floor for a full vote on Wednesday or Thursday.