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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...
The Commission has received an application from Liberty Media Corporation (Liberty) requesting that the FTC reopen and set aside the final order in the matter of Time Warner, Inc., et al. (Docket No. C-3709), as it applies to Liberty and to dismiss Liberty as a respondent. According to the...
The FTC unveiled a new tool today to assist victims of identity theft restore their good names. The ID Theft Affidavit provides a model form that can be used to report information to many companies, simplifying the process of alerting companies where a new account was opened in the victim's name....
The Federal Trade Commission today released a follow-up report to its September 2000 Report, Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children: A Review of Self-Regulation and Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries. The Report responds to a request from...
We are pleased that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has released its new monograph, Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Tar Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. We understand that this monograph represents the first step in the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS...
The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce's (Commerce) National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today released a report they prepared jointly at the request of Congress regarding the benefits and burdens of the "reasonable demonstration" requirement...
On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice ("DOJ") today filed a civil penalty complaint and proposed consent decree against Creative Publishing International ("CPI"), a Minnesota publisher of "how-to" books. As part of the proposed consent decree, CPI has agreed to pay $...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has been approved as a "safe harbor" program under the terms of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Safe harbor programs are industry self-regulatory guidelines that, if adhered to,...

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