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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA") of the United States Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission held a public workshop on "online profiling," the practice of aggregating information about consumers' preferences and interests,...
The FTC held a public workshop on whether it should alter its legal standard for evaluating "Made in USA" claims, with representatives from consumer groups, industry, government agencies, labor unions, and other groups participating in an exchange of views. After the workshop, the FTC...
The workshop is the latest in a series of efforts to assess the impact of new and significant technologies on consumers and businesses. P2P file-sharing technology enables individuals to share files, including music, video, or software. Because the files do not reside in a central...
This workshop was part of the FTC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) effort to gather information to report to Congress on the benefits and burdens of å¤ 101(c)(1)(C)(ii) of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act ("...
The workshop explored various issues that online consumers confront as they buy goods or services from foreign businesses. These issues concern questions of what laws apply to direct, international business-to-consumer transactions, where disputes are heard, and which governments have...
The FTC hosted a workshop to explore changes in the debt collection industry and examine their impact on consumers and businesses. The event brought together consumer advocates, industry representatives, state and federal regulators, and others with relevant expertise to provide...
The FTC hosted a public workshop that explored how businesses merge and exchange detailed consumer information and how such information is used commercially. The FTC explored how detailed consumer profiles -- i.e., compilations of identifying information, preference information,...
The FTC hosted a public workshop to explore issues related to the security of consumers' computers and the personal information stored in them or in company databases. The security of consumers' home computers is an issue of growing importance; as consumers use their computers as...
In recent years, states and the federal government have taken steps to encourage restructuring and competition in the electric industry, including the elimination of regulatory barriers. The intent of this workshop, which was jointly convened by the FTC, the National Council on...
The FTC hosted a public workshop, "Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft," to explore the uses of Social Security numbers in the private sector and the role of SSNs in identity theft. This workshop continues the work of the President's Identity Theft Task Force, and, in particular,...
The FTC and the Department of Health and Human Services sponsored a workshop that brought together representatives from the food and beverage industry and media and entertainment companies, medical and nutrition experts, consumer groups, advertising specialists, and other key experts...
The FTC hosted a public forum to explore the issues regarding the proliferation of and potential solutions to unsolicited commercial email ("UCE" or "spam"). The forum also looked at how the unique qualities of spam contribute to and hinder both fraud and its prosecution.
The Federal Trade Commission is planning to host a public workshop on January 8, 2008 to examine the emerging market for carbon offsets (i.e., greenhouse gas emission reduction products) and renewable energy certificates, and related advertising claims. The workshop will focus on...
The Federal Trade Commission staff will host a forum on March 12, 2009 to gather input for its advertising literacy initiative, which will educate and empower tweens to be better informed consumers of information. At the forum, experts on advertising and marketing to kids will discuss...
The operators of a scheme that allegedly defrauded consumers who were trying to start their own online businesses have been permanently banned from selling work-at-home business opportunities under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission.
Thousands of consumers scammed out of their money will get some of it back, thanks to a lawsuit and settlement secured by the Federal Trade Commission.  The FTC has mailed 9,566 refund checks to consumers whose bank accounts were debited, allegedly without their consent, by Texas-based payment...
Protecting Consumers in Debt Collection Litigation and Arbitration: A Roundtable Discussion, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission and Northwestern Law School’s Searle Center, examined consumer protection issues in debt collection proceedings against individual consumers. It was the...
In an ongoing effort to ensure that its guidance for online advertisers stays current with changes in digital media, the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection staff sent letters to search engine companies to update guidance published in 2002 on distinguishing paid search results
The Federal Trade Commission continued its crackdown on credit card rate reduction scams by adding eight new defendants to a case the agency brought last year, including a payment processor it alleges assisted in the fraud.The FTC filed an amended complaint against the defendants behind the firm...

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