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December 2016

Dec 12, 2016

Is it time for a little heart-to-heart about making health claims for mobile apps? An FTC settlement with California-based Aura Labs challenges misleading representations...

Dec 8, 2016

Chances are that you or someone you know will be among 2.7 million AT&T Mobility customers who will be getting a refund soon. The FTC is returning a total of $88 million...

Dec 7, 2016

“What do your TV viewing habits say about you?”

No, that’s not a question from one of those multiple-choice online quizzes. It’s part of the discussion that FTC staff, academics, advocates, and industry members will have this afternoon, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the final...

November 2016

Nov 28, 2016

Using background checks to screen tenants? Or maybe your company provides those background checks to landlords? Make sure you’re complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FTC’s new guidance...

Nov 15, 2016

The FTC applies a consistent approach to evaluating ad claims. Companies must have a reasonable basis for objective representations, including claims that a product can treat specific health conditions. Whether it’s an over-the-counter drug, dietary supplement, or food, the same established...

Nov 14, 2016

Whether they’re tuned to “The Real Houseplants of Poughkeepsie” (guilty as charged, Your Honor) or more high-brow fare, TVs are a lot smarter than many people realize. Smart TVs, streaming devices, game consoles, apps and set-top boxes may track consumers’ viewing habits in one way or another....

Nov 14, 2016

In an eye exam, the bottom line is the toughest to see. But responsible eye care prescribers and contact lens sellers clearly understand another “bottom line”: They comply with the FTC’s...

Nov 10, 2016

From the perspective of consumers, the whole purpose of prepaid debit cards – their reason for living, if you will – is to give consumers immediate access to their money. Those cards are an especially important financial lifeline for people who don’t have traditional bank accounts. In pitching...

Nov 10, 2016

The FTC’s Used Car Rule has been the law of the land since 1985. It requires used car dealers to post a Buyers Guide on cars they offer for sale. The Guide gives customers important warranty and other information to help them make informed buying decisions. After asking for public comments, the...

Nov 10, 2016

Ransomware has emerged as one of the most serious online threats facing businesses. The FTC examined this issue at a September 7th workshop kicking off the...

Nov 8, 2016

A participant on a reality dating show who doesn’t tell the truth? So what’s new. A participant on a reality dating show who is a defendant in an FTC action and doesn’t tell the truth in a sworn financial statement? That’s a different story.

In 2014 the FTC sued Vito Glazers and his...

Nov 1, 2016

Want something old and something new, all in one? Check out the FTC’s updated “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business.” It’s the same principles that we’ve relied on...

October 2016

Oct 28, 2016

Here are some truths about Grants.

Ulysses was the 18th president.
Cary was a suave star of the silver screen.
Former NBA great Horace wore the coolest goggles in the game.

And according to an...

Oct 25, 2016

A judge has today approved a landmark $10 billion settlement that will enable 500,000 consumers across the country to sell back their tainted diesel-powered cars...

Oct 25, 2016

You suspect that your business experienced a data breach. Maybe an employee lost a laptop, or a hacker got into your customer database, or information was inadvertently posted on your website. Whatever happened, you’re probably wondering what to do next. 

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Oct 24, 2016

Peer-to-peer payment systems and crowdfunding are emerging financial technologies that could render the “Sorry, I forgot my wallet” cliché obsolete. Those talked-about trends are up for discussion at the...

Oct 19, 2016

“Thank you for being a friend” – to consumers, that is. We admit it. We’re prone to break out in song a little too enthusiastically, but the recipient of the FTC...

Oct 18, 2016

With only two weeks until Halloween, people are starting to think about their costumes. A pirate, a witch, a Jedi knight – or an enforcement official from the U.S. Department of Transportation?...

Oct 14, 2016

Do you ever hear from customers or employees who want you to know that they’ve been affected by identity theft? If so, you’ll probably start seeing them use the new FTC Identity Theft Report. It tells you that someone important to your business is a crime victim, has alerted law enforcement, and...

Oct 13, 2016

They’re overhead, on consumers’ minds, and under consideration this afternoon at the latest installment of the FTC’s Fall Technology Series. The topic is drones and experts on drone technology are gathering at the FTC right now to talk over the implications for consumer privacy. The event, which...

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