- The social network gaming company Zynga, which created games such as "Farmville", has introduced an innovative way of explaining its privacy policies in a new game called "Privacyville". The game takes about 5 minutes to explain how Zynga uses information, and provides other privacy-related information as well.
- On June 29, 2011, the public interest group Consumer Watch filed an antitrust complaint against Facebook at the FTC alleging that Facebook's new policy of requiring all games to use Facebook Credits is anticompetitive. As of July 1, 2011, Facebook is requiring all purchasers of virtual games via Facebook to use Facebook Credits. Consumer Watch alleges that "game developers using the Facebook platform must exclusively utilize Facebook Credits in the operation of their games; such developers must agree not to charge lower prices to consumers outside of Facebook; and game developers must pay a 30% service fee for all Facebook Credits purchases." The complaint may be found here.
- The FTC and the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime will host "Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft," tomorrow, July 12, 2011, at the FTC Conference facility at 601 New Jersey Avenue N.W., Washington DC, 20001. The forum will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Eastern, and according to the tentative agenda will feature several guest speakers, including Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, click here. To view the agenda, click here.
- Comments on the FTC report titled "Dot Com Disclosures: Information About Online Advertising" are due today, July 11, 2011.
A copy of the Staff Invitation for comments on the Dot Com Disclosure Business Guidance Publication can be found here.
A copy of the FTC's 2000 guide, "Dot Com Disclosures," can be found here.
Interested parties may be submit comments electronically here.