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September 2017

Sep 13, 2017

It sounds like there was some “inventing” going on at Florida-based invention promotion firm World Patent Marketing, but a Preliminary Injunction in a case brought by...

Sep 8, 2017

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework has been in place for more than a year and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield went into effect in April 2017. Self-certification programs like Privacy Shield offer benefits to business and protections for consumers. The FTC enforces the promises companies...

Sep 7, 2017

If you have any influence over influencers, alert them to three developments, including the FTC’s first law enforcement action against individual online influencers for...

Sep 5, 2017

The Wizard of Oz was right: “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” That’s because according to an FTC settlement, computer company Lenovo should have been...

Sep 1, 2017


Ask a business person where their office is located and the likely answer is “everywhere.” They’re working from home, staying in the loop while traveling, and...

August 2017

Aug 29, 2017

If you or your clients are in the tax preparation field, there are three letters you should focus on. OK, I-R-S may be the first thing on your mind. But as the FTC...

Aug 29, 2017

Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
It’s illegal under fed’ral law to collect debts you’re not assigned.

Say the name “Lombardo” and some may think of the late bandleader Guy Lombardo, whose rendition of “...

Aug 25, 2017

Many historians acknowledge it as the oldest federal law enforcement agency, tracing back to 1772. Benjamin Franklin was integral to its establishment. And the FTC’s Criminal Liaison Unit (CLU) is proud to present one of...

Aug 25, 2017


Who’s coming in and what’s going out? Businesses that want to stick with security build commonsense monitoring into their brick-and-mortar operations. Whether it’s a key card...

Aug 23, 2017

According to the “Mad Men” stereotype, you could spot an old-school advertising agency executive by the tailored wardrobe and expense account lunch. A lot has changed in the ad game, but two truths remain: 1) More than 50 years of FTC cases establish that ad agencies may be liable...

Aug 17, 2017

Tax professionals are prime targets for identity thieves. Why? Your clients’ information — bank and investment accounts, Social Security numbers, medical records, and more — can be a virtual goldmine in the wrong hands. That’s why securing it against a data breach is critical to protect your...

Aug 17, 2017

An online promotion began with the headline “No Scam” – and according to a lawsuit brought by the FTC, it was downhill from there.

Filed in federal court...

Aug 15, 2017

How much information does Uber have about its riders and drivers? A lot. The FTC just announced a settlement addressing charges that the company falsely claimed to closely...

Aug 11, 2017


To make it harder for hackers to bluff their way onto a computer network, careful companies follow the advice of...

Aug 8, 2017

Consumer scams need four things to survive: food, water, air – and access to the credit card system. Credit card networks build protections into the system to engage lawful businesses while keeping an eye out for fraud. When people use tactics to try to work around those protections, law...

Aug 4, 2017


You’ve conducted an information “census” to identify and locate the confidential data in your company’s possession. Then you determined what you need to hold on to for business...

Aug 1, 2017

They say “Nobody likes a complainer,” but don’t you believe it. For years, the FTC has encouraged consumers to speak up about questionable practices. We use those complaints in lots of different ways – for example, to spot emerging forms of fraud, to help set FTC priorities, and to bring law...

July 2017

Jul 31, 2017

When you travel to another country, it can be challenging to figure out the lay of the land. That’s true for driving – and for advertising and marketing. A good guidebook or map can make a world of difference.

That’s why last summer...

Jul 28, 2017


When it comes to data security, what’s reasonable will depend on the size and nature of your business and the kind of data you deal with. But certain principles apply...

Jul 26, 2017

Internet of Things entrepreneurs are developing products to help keep households running smoothly. But like anyone else you invite into your home, it’s important that IoT devices – appliances, fitness monitors, home security systems, etc. – behave like good houseguests. Out-of-date software can...

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