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'Misleading' Sanex shower gel advert banned

An ad for a Sanex bath gel has been banned for suggesting that it contains no man-made chemical ingredients, a regulator said.

Regulator forces trading changes at Groupon after complaints

Groupon, the group-buying discounting website, has been forced by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to change its trading methods after complaints about misleading ads and unfair practices.

Groupon vows to make changes after practices slammed by OFT

Discount website Groupon must ensure its deals are “accurate, honest and transparent”, after the trading watchdog uncovered “widespread” breaches of consumer protection rules.

Figleaves underwear advert sparks complaints

A poster advert for a lingerie company featuring a woman in bra, knickers, stockings and stiletto shoes has prompted complaints it was "offensive" and unsuitable for display where it might be seen by children.

Cosmetics giants 'misled public', says $100m lawsuit

Two major cosmetics brands that champion their cruelty-free ethics are facing a lawsuit claiming they misled the public as they allow animal-testing on some products abroad.

The Irish carrier, which prides itself on its cheap tickets, had already increased fares by 12%

Watchdog: Ryanair denigrated Thomas Cook

Budget airline Ryanair has been rapped once again for misleading customers - this time for falsely implying rival Thomas Cook was likely to go into administration.

Bank TV ads banned for misleading viewers

Touching bank adverts which claimed the banks would “continue to provide banking services wherever we’re the last bank in town” have been banned after it turned it the claims were untrue.

The ASA ordered L'Oréal not to use the advert again

Rachel Weisz L'Oréal advert censured for altering image

"Skin looks smoother," cooed the text alongside a magazine advert showing a picture of the Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz. "Complexion looks more even," it added, as an encouragement to the reader to buy L'Oréal product Revitalift Repair 10. But the beauty company had not been able to resist using digital trickery to enhance even the looks of a Hollywood leading lady.

Google founders and presidents Larry Page and Sergey Brin

The net closes on cyber-snoopers

From Facebook to Google, websites are tracking your every move to deliver 'personalised advertising'. But now regulators have hit back. Ian Burrell reports

Web discount firm Groupon 'broke advertising laws'

UK regulators could force US company to drop some of its eye-catching deals

Pledge over drink advertising aimed at young

Ministers charged with delivering the Olympic Games have vowed to protect young people from binge drinking.

In the advert, children sing about Christmas presents paid for with Mum’s credit card

Littlewoods accused of ruining Christmas

Hundreds complain after TV advert shows Mum, rather than Santa, as the one who delivers

'Offensive' Lynx posters banned by watchdog

Six raunchy adverts for Lynx-branded men's toiletries have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after attracting more than 100 complaints.

Watchdog cracks down on misleading claims over broadband speeds

The advertising regulator will this week order broadband providers to give customers a more accurate picture of the internet speeds they can receive.

Watchdog to investigate TripAdvisor reviews

Travel advice website TripAdvisor is being investigated by the advertising watchdog over allegations that not all its reviews are genuine.

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