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On the old game show “Password,” the host whispered a word to contestants, who then gave clues to celebrities. The first to guess correctly advanced to the Lighting Round. The loser went home with a year’s supply of car wax.
It’s a common occurrence. People looking online for a product or service – say, a loan or an educational program – find themselves on a site that asks for their personal information. The idea is that consumers will be connected with a company in that business. That exchange of...
The Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop on October 30, 2015, to explore the growing use of online lead generation in various industries, including consumer lending and education.
FTC asserts LifeLock failed to institute security program and misled consumers about its identity protection services
Como continuación del primer Diálogo sobre Cobranza de Deudas organizado por la Comisión Federal de Comercio junto con la Oficina del Fiscal General de New York que se llevó a cabo en Buffalo el pasado mes de junio, este otoño la FTC realizará dos diálogos más en Dallas y Atlanta. El evento de...
There are three letters every auto dealer should know about. GTO? XKE? Good guesses, but not what we had in mind. We’re talking about GLB. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requires financial institutions to give their customers initial and annual notices about their privacy policies. If...
“The Federal Trade Commission works for America’s consumers in every community.” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said those words or heard them from my colleagues – and that’s a good thing. Of course, business owners are consumers, too, and the FTC works for you in two ways....
If you and your clients are concerned about data security – and aren’t we all? – the FTC has something old, something new, and something on the horizon you need to know about.
The Federal Trade Commission is expanding its efforts to help businesses protect consumers’ information through a new initiative that will provide them with more information on data security.
The FTC’s second “Start With Security” event will take place on November 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas, and will be co-sponsored by the University of Texas Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  This one-day conference will continue the FTC’s work to provide...
The Federal Trade Commission has proposed an amendment to its rules under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to allow auto dealers that finance car purchases or provide car leases to provide online updates to consumers about their privacy policies as opposed to sending yearly updates by mail.
A natural disaster can wreak havoc on any business. But it’s even worse when that real-world catastrophe becomes a data security calamity. Before the summer storm season arrives, get your business ready. Just like you gather flashlights, bottled water, and emergency supplies, you can...
The FTC's first “Start With Security” conference is scheduled for September 9, 2015, in San Francisco, and is co-sponsored by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. It is part of a business education initiative designed to provide companies with practical resources...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York State Attorney General have announced the speakers for the “Debt Collection Dialogue” the two agencies will host in Buffalo, NY, on June 15, 2015.
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders resolving the Commission’s complaints against TES Franchising, LLC and American International Mailing, Inc., for deceiving consumers about their participation in international privacy frameworks.
It’s a question we’re asked a lot. “What happens if I’m the target of an FTC investigation involving data security?” We understand – no one wants to get that call. But we hope we can shed some light on what a company can expect. First things first. All of our investigations are...
In the immortal words of renowned legal scholar Yogi Berra, it’s “déjà vu all over again.” A national company is in bankruptcy court and an issue has arisen regarding the possible sale of consumers’ personal information, at least some of which was collected with the express promise...
In a letter to the court-appointed consumer privacy ombudsman in the bankruptcy case of the electronics retailer RadioShack, Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich recommended conditions the court could place on the sale of consumers’ personal information to protect...
Maybe it’s a suspicious tax document flagged by your HR staff or a customer concern about an unauthorized charge. Identity theft can reveal itself in many ways. Regardless of the tip-off, there’s a new one-stop federal resource – IdentityTheft.gov – to help people report and recover...

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