Google Lobbying Shifts to Transport, Health: The Influence Game (Bloomberg Quint)

Bloomberg Quint: Google Lobbying Shifts to Transport, Health: The Influence Game. “Google’s gravest threat is probably a regulatory crackdown on its lucrative search engine, and there’s a resurgent drumbeat about its size and power in Washington. If the company’s worried, that’s not showing up in its lobbying activity. Google outspent every other tech company in 2017 lobbying, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. But none of that money focused on the government agencies most in control of its fate in the U.S.”

Tubefilter: FTC Finalizes Its First Settlement For Social Media Influencers

Tubefilter: FTC Finalizes Its First Settlement For Social Media Influencers. “This week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) unanimously approved, by way of a 2-0 vote, a finalized order in what has become widely known as the first-ever FTC case brought against individual social media influencers. As previously reported on Tubefilter, Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Thomas ‘Syndicate’ Cassell posted videos on their YouTube channels showing the pair of stars (with a respective more than 3.3 million and 10 million subscribers) taking part in the online gambling service CSGO Lotto. The problem was that the two ‘Let’s Play’ social influencers failed to properly disclose they each held a 42.5% ownership interest in the online gambling company, directly in violation of FTC disclosure laws.”

Keith Ellison (MN): Rep. Ellison Letter to the Federal Trade Commission On Google Investigation

Keith Ellison (Minnesota): Rep. Ellison Letter to the Federal Trade Commission On Google Investigation. “We write to request the Federal Trade Commission make public the reports by the Bureau of Competition and the Bureau of Economics documenting the complete findings and analysis in the Google antitrust investigation that concluded in 2013.”

Wired: Yelp Claims Google Broke Promise To Antitrust Regulators

Wired: Yelp Claims Google Broke Promise To Antitrust Regulators. “YELP IS ACCUSING Google, its longtime rival in local search, of scraping photographs of local businesses from Yelp and other sites for use in Google search results, violating promises that Google made in 2012 as part of a settlement to end a Federal Trade Commission investigation.”

National Law Journal: FTC’s First Action Against a Social Media ‘Influencer’ Might Not Be Last

National Law Journal: FTC’s First Action Against a Social Media ‘Influencer’ Might Not Be Last. “This week, the FTC brought its first enforcement action against an influencer—and took the opportunity to issue new guidance for disclosing the business relationships behind promotional social media posts. The FTC targeted Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Thomas ‘Syndicate’ Cassell, co-owners of the online gambling service CSGO Lotto, who allegedly endorsed the company without disclosing their joint ownership of it. According to the FTC, Martin and Cassell enjoy wide followings in the online gaming community and paid other well-known influencers thousands of dollars to promote their online gambling service on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook without requiring them to disclose the business deals behind the posts.”

Washington Post: Google’s new program to track shoppers sparks a federal privacy complaint

Washington Post: Google’s new program to track shoppers sparks a federal privacy complaint. “A prominent privacy rights watchdog is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate a new Google advertising program that ties consumers’ online behavior to their purchases in brick-and-mortar stores. The legal complaint from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, to be filed with the FTC on Monday, alleges that Google is newly gaining access to a trove of highly sensitive information — the credit and debit card purchase records of the majority of U.S. consumers — without revealing how they got the information or giving consumers meaningful ways to opt out. “