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The Federal Trade Commission is announcing the availability of the Staff Report on the Trade Regulation Rule titled “Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising and Business Opportunity Ventures – (Franchise Rule).” The Report sets forth the staff’s recommendations to the...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that Privo, Inc. has been approved as a “safe harbor” program under the terms of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA’s ‘safe harbor’ provision is designed to encourage increased industry self-regulation. Under this provision,...
Under the terms of a stipulated court order announced today, the sellers of ‘Girls Gone Wild’ DVDs and videos will pay nearly $1.1 million as combined consumer redress and a civil penalty and will be barred from a wide range of activities detailed in a complaint the U.S. Department of Justice filed...
Note: The FTC has retired its SPAM@UCE.GOV email box, and currently is using other, more effective tactics to identify and combat spammers. You can report spam to www.ftc.gov/complaint. Please especially report any scam that started with an email and resulted in you losing money.
Law enforcers from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia announced today that they will join forces and share resources to fight illegal spam. A Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.K. Office of Fair Trading, the U.K.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on the provisions of a safe harbor program that Privo, Inc. (“Privo”) submitted for Commission approval pursuant to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“Rule”).
On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday filed a complaint against California-based Mantra Films, Inc. (Mantra), and its sole officer and director Joseph R. Francis, the marketers and sellers of “Girls Gone Wild” videos and DVDs. The complaint seeks...
The FTC has charged a purported Web cramming operation with billing small business consumers for “free” Internet services, without full disclosure of the negative option features and without consumers’ authorization, and even when some consumers said that they were not interested in the offer. The...
The Federal Trade Commission and Ireland’s Office of the Director of Consumer Affairs (ODCA) today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate enhanced law enforcement cooperation in the consumer protection area between the two agencies.
In response to a request from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and hearings by House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank R. Wolf, the Federal Trade Commission today issued a Report on Alcohol Marketing and Advertising.
The Conferees of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees directed the Federal Trade Commission to study the impact on underage consumers of ads for new flavored malt beverages, and whether the beverage alcohol industry has implemented the recommendations contained in the...
On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice today filed a complaint and consent decree against Alabama-based Oxmoor House and its parent Southern Progress Corporation, a magazine corporation also based in Alabama. As part of the proposed consent decree, the companies have...
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has reached a settlement with Micro Star Software, Inc., a Carlsbad, California, software marketing company, and its president, Stephen Benedict, resolving allegations that they misled consumers by misrepresenting a 30-day trial offer for...
On the second anniversary of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule, the Federal Trade Commission announced its sixth COPPA enforcement case together with new initiatives designed to enhance compliance with the law. The package of initiatives includes:

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