January, 2012

Apr 26

Paper, Plastic... or Mobile? An FTC Workshop on Mobile Payments

The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on April 26, 2012, to examine the use of mobile payments in the marketplace and how this emerging technology impacts consumers. This event will bring together consumer advocates, industry representatives, government regulators,...
May 21

The Economics of Drip Pricing

Drip pricing is a pricing technique in which firms advertise only part of a product’s price and reveal other charges later as the customer goes through the buying process. The additional charges can be mandatory charges, such as hotel resort fees, or fees for optional upgrades and...
May 30

In Short: Advertising & Privacy Disclosures in a Digital World

The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day public workshop on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 to consider the need for new guidance concerning advertising and privacy disclosures in today's online and mobile environments. The workshop will address online disclosure challenges,...
Sep 10

Most-Favored-Nation Clauses and Antitrust Enforcement and Policy

The Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice held a joint public workshop on most-favored-nation clauses (MFNs). The workshop provided a forum for discussion of the evolution of economic and legal thinking on MFNs and their implications....
Oct 2

Pet Medications Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day public workshop on October 2, 2012, 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...
Oct 18

Robocalls All The Rage: An FTC Summit

The Federal Trade Commission hosted a one-day public event on Thursday, October 18, 2012 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...
Nov 29

Enforceable Codes of Conduct: Protecting Consumers Across Borders

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...
Dec 6

The Big Picture: Comprehensive Online Data Collection

Consumer protection organizations, academics, business and industry representatives, privacy professionals, and others will examine the technological landscape, benefits and risks, consumer knowledge and attitude, and the future of comprehensive data collection. FTC staff will live-...
Dec 10

Patent Assertion Entity Activities Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice will host a one-day event on Monday, December 10, 2012 in the FTC Conference Center to explore the impact of patent assertion entity (PAE) activities on innovation and competition and the implications for antitrust...