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If you’re in the process of developing a health-related mobile app, what tools are essential to your success? The answer, according to some entrepreneurs, is innovative code, a great marketing plan, and the number of a take-out that delivers until 2AM. But have you given much thought...
The Federal Trade Commission has created a new web-based tool for developers of health-related mobile apps, which is designed to help the developers understand what federal laws and regulations  might apply to their apps. The FTC developed the tool in conjunction with the Department of Health and...
The FTC hosted its first-ever PrivacyCon event on January 14, 2016, to showcase original research in the area of privacy and security research. With over 300 in-person attendees, 1500 virtual attendees watching via webcast, and many more following PrivacyCon on Twitter, the event was...
Following on the success of its first PrivacyCon event, the Federal Trade Commission has announced the second edition of the research conference will take place Jan. 12, 2017, and has published a call for presentations. PrivacyCon is designed to continue and expand collaboration among leading...
This release was updated to reflect an adjustment in the start times of the seminars. The Federal Trade Commission will host a series of seminars this fall to examine three new and evolving technologies that are raising critical consumer protection issues. The FTC Fall Technology Series comprises...
Ransomware, Drones, and Smart TV. That’s a trio you don’t often see together. The FTC will consider the consumer protection implications of those issues at three half-day conferences later this year. We call it the Fall Technology Series, and you’ll want to mark your calendar now...
As part of the Federal Trade Commission's systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comment on the efficiency, costs, benefits, and impact of the R-value Rule.
Bajo los términos de un acuerdo con la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés), los 50 estados y el Distrito de Columbia, dos falsas entidades de caridad de lucha contra el cáncer que operaban en todo el país serán disueltas y a su presidente se le prohibirá obtener beneficios...
The Federal Trade Commission’s next PrivacyCon will take place on January 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  The agency’s second PrivacyCon will seek to continue and expand collaboration among leading whitehat researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and the...
A complaint filed by the FTC and the Illinois Attorney General against an operation that used names like Stark Law, Stark Recovery, and Capital Harris Miller & Associates alleges a veritable smorgasbord of debt collection violations. But the Stark Law lawsuit includes an...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Illinois Attorney General, a federal court has temporarily halted a Chicago-area operation that allegedly threatened and intimidated consumers to collect phantom payday loan “debts” they did not owe, or did not owe to the defendants. The...
Two nationwide organizations purporting to be cancer charities will be dissolved, and their president is banned from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Cancer Fund of America Inc. (...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged that Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. deceived consumers with the advertising campaign it used to promote its supposedly “clean diesel” VWs and Audis, which Volkswagen fitted with illegal emission defeat devices designed to mask high emissions during...
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against Oracle alleging that the company deceived consumers about the security provided by updates to its Java Platform Standard Edition software.
Volkswagen Group of America spent multi-millions positioning its “clean diesel” technology as an environmentally conscious choice for car buyers – and sales of more than 550,000 so-called clean diesel vehicles suggest it was a persuasive pitch. But as a just-filed FTC lawsuit alleges...
We get this question a lot: “Is it OK to use text messages or social media to collect debts?” Do you want the short answer or the more detailed one? The short answer is that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act doesn’t prohibit collectors from using texts or social media. But – and...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposal to conduct a survey to determine the prevalence of consumer fraud in the United States during 2016.
Whether it’s mowing that extra patch of grass or alerting each other to an iffy-looking lurker, there’s a sense of security when next-door neighbors enjoy a cooperative relationship. The same holds true for international neighbors, as a new Memorandum of Understanding between the FTC...
At the signing of the MOU with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), FTC Chairwoman Ramirez said, “As we see more cross-border fraud, we must often rely on our enforcement partners around the world to help protect U.S. consumers. This agreement will enhance...
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission outlined its work to protect consumers in the growing area of health information technology.

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