• The FTC has obtained an injunction from the federal court for the Middle District of Florida against several entities, including Direct Benefits Group, LLC, charged with unlawfully debiting consumer bank accounts when they requested payday loans. According to the Complaint, several websites, including www.mypaydayangel.com, requested bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and other information during the payday loan application process. Consumers were then automatically subscribed to any of several “programs,” such as long-distance calling plans, and charged as much as $59.90 per month or $99.90 per year. The agency seeks a permanent injunction, disgorgement of ill-gotten revenue, and restitution to the consumers. To view the FTC press release about the case, click here. To view the Complaint, click here.
  • The FTC is allowing more time for public comment on a proposed safe harbor program that Aristotle International, Inc. has submitted for approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rules. The rules allow industry groups and others to request FTC approval of self-regulatory guidelines that implement the protections of the Rule. Comments are now due August 15, 2011. More information is available here.