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The Federal Trade Commission, in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service, will host a two-day public workshop in Chicago, Illinois to examine what more can be done to protect consumers from falling victim to lottery, prize, and sweepstakes scams and other scams...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a day-long public forum in Washington, D.C. to examine telephone bill cramming and explore possible solutions to reduce unauthorized third-party billing on telephone bills. The forum will focus on how the government, businesses, and...
The Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children will hold a half-day public forum to solicit public comment on proposed voluntary principles for food marketed to children. The Working Group, comprised of representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, will hold a forum to discuss child identity theft. Government, business, non-profit, legal service providers, and victim advocates will explore the...
The Federal Trade Commission is holding a series of roundtable events and requesting public comment to gather information on possible consumer protection issues that may arise in the sale, financing or lease of motor vehicles. The first event took place in Detroit, Michigan on April...
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a workshop exploring facial recognition technology and the privacy and security implications raised by its increasing use. Facial recognition technology has been adopted in a variety of new contexts, ranging from online social networks to digital...
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a workshop to examine the use of mobile payments in the marketplace and how this emerging technology impacts consumers. This event brought together consumer advocates, industry representatives, government regulators, technologists, and academics to...
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a one-day public workshop to consider the need for new guidance concerning advertising and privacy disclosures in today's online and mobile environments. The workshop addressed online disclosure challenges, including making clear and conspicuous...
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a one-day public workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the pet medications industry. The quality and cost of pet medications is an important pocketbook issue for many consumers. In 2011, 62 percent of U.S. households...
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a one-day public event to develop solutions to the rapid rise in illegal robocalls. The Summit included a report on the current state of the robocall technology and the industry, along with a discussion of the laws surrounding the use of robocalls...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a forum on using enforceable industry codes of conduct to protect consumers in cross-border commerce.  Such systems, where government entities, businesses, consumer groups and other organizations develop and administer voluntary procedures that...
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The FTC brought together experts from government, private industry, and public interest groups to discuss the unique challenges facing victims of senior identity theft.  The forum included panels on different types of senior identity theft – tax and government benefits, medical, and...
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a roundtable to examine unauthorized third-party charges on mobile phone bills—a practice known as “mobile cramming.”  The roundtable brought together consumer advocates, industry representatives, and government regulators to explore various issues...
The Federal Trade Commission mailed 341 refund checks to Spanish-speaking consumers who lost money to scammers who promised to stop foreclosure or obtain mortgage loan modifications.  Under a summary judgment order, the Dinamica Financiera defendants were banned from selling mortgage loan...
The Federal Trade Commission has warned the operators of six websites that share information about consumers’ rental histories with landlords that they may be subject to the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
The Federal Trade Commission announced that judges for the FTC Robocall Challenge selected two winners, in a tie for the $50,000 prize for Best Overall Solution to block illegal robocalls. The challenge, designed to help solve this problem by spurring innovation in the marketplace, garnered nearly...
The Federal Trade Commission will announce the winners of the FTC Robocall Challenge in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The challenge, launched October 2012, sought the best technical solution to block illegal robocalls. The FTC received nearly 800 eligible submissions....
After allegedly misleading consumers into paying unnecessary fees and falsely threatening consumers with lawsuits, defendants in a debt collection operation have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.

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