• On August 19, 2010, FTC staff terminated an investigation into whether Limewire, LLC’s peer-to-peer file sharing software puts users at risk of inadvertently sharing sensitive information stored on their computers. In closing the investigation, the FTC noted that Limewire has adopted safeguards in updated versions of its program, and that consumers are able to take actions to avoid inadvertent sharing. This investigation began in February 2010, when the FTC notified almost 100 organizations that their personal and confidential information was available over Limewire’s network. A press release of the original announcement can be found here. A copy of the letter closing the investigation can be found here.
  • On August 23, 2010, the FTC announced a settlement with one of the largest participants in a “robo-call” telemarketing operation that blasted US consumers with deceptive offers for extended auto warranties and service contracts. The settlement requires Mr. Damian Kohlfeld to pay more than $2.2 million in fines. All the money will be used to refund defrauded consumers. Earlier this year, the FTC settled with two other defendants in the same case who helped make the robo-calls, and they have paid more than $655,000 in fines. The FTC also settled last September with Transcontinental Warranty Inc., the company that hired Kohlfeld and the other defendants to make the calls. FTC v. Voice Touch, Inc. et al., Case No. 09-cv-2929 (ND Ill.); FTC File No. 0823263. The FTC’s press release can be found here.