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Looking for a loan? For consumers and small businesses, that used to mean a foray into the paneled offices of something with “First National” in the name and hushed conversations with a guy who looks like the moneybags man on the “Monopoly” board. But the emergence of marketplace...
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission presented its views on 17 bills Congress is currently considering with respect to the agency’s jurisdiction and operations.
The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop on Sept. 15, 2016, to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information. The workshop, called “Putting Disclosures to the Test,” is aimed at...
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc., alleging the company falsely advertised the level of encryption it provided to protect patient data.
The Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Jessica Rich, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruling upholding a Federal Trade Commission summary decision against John Fanning, the creator of Jerk.com:
If your business regularly makes wire transfer payments, it could be the next target of a fast-growing scam in which cybercriminals trick employees into transferring large sums of money to them by impersonating CEOs and other company executives in spoofed emails.
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission outlined its work over the past 40 years to protect consumers’ privacy at a hearing convened to examine privacy rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
Remember the old ad, “It’s a breath mint. It’s a candy mint. It’s two, two, two mints in one”? Or maybe the Saturday Night Live takeoff, “It’s a dessert topping and a floor wax!” It’s not unusual for something to do double duty. And if you’re in the business of compiling background...
The Federal Trade Commission has created new guidance for businesses aimed at giving employment background screening companies information on how to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against Vulcun alleging that the company unfairly replaced a popular web browser game with a program that installed applications on consumers’ mobile devices without their...
In order to gain a better understanding of security in the mobile ecosystem, the Federal Trade Commission has issued orders to eight mobile device manufacturers requiring them to provide the agency with information about how they issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones,...
In the words of movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, “An oral contract isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.” If your company provides information about consumers to credit bureaus, the law requires that you have written policies in place regarding the accuracy and integrity of that data....
The privacy framework for transatlantic exchanges of personal data between the EU and the United States has been in the headlines lately. But are you and your clients staying on top of your obligations on the Pacific side? If your company certifies its compliance with the Asia-...
A manufacturer of hand-held vaporizers has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers about its participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system.
In the agency’s first enforcement action against an education lead generator, operators of Gigats.com have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company claimed it was “pre-screening” job applicants for hiring employers when it was actually gathering information for other...
Bears and Bulls. Brats and beer. That toddlin’ town. Lots of three-word phrases evoke Chicago. And on June 15, 2016, add Start with Security to the list. That’s when the FTC’s Start with Security roadshow breezes into the Windy City.
Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich filed a comment today with the Federal Communications Commission regarding the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to expand the commercial availability of television set-top boxes for consumers. In her comment, Rich recommends...

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