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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 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...
Protecting Consumers in Debt Collection Litigation and Arbitration: A Roundtable Discussion, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, examined consumer protection issues in debt collection proceedings against individual consumers. It was the second in a series of FTC roundtable...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has upheld a district court judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission and four state attorneys general against a woman who assisted and facilitated a scheme that deceived consumers by falsely promising them a “guaranteed” $25,000 grant from...
On June 4, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a public forum to examine the state of mobile security.  Mobile technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, provide consumers with an always-connected and convenient means of engaging in their daily activities, including email,...
The Federal Trade Commission has announced a new date for its planned workshop on the privacy and security of the Internet of Things. The workshop will now be held on Nov. 19, 2013, in Washington, D.C.The workshop will address a wide variety of issues related to the ability of everyday devices to...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will host a joint roundtable on June 6, 2013, to examine the flow of consumer data throughout the debt collection process. The event will bring together consumer advocates, credit issuers, collection industry...
The FTC will hold a public roundtable to examine possible modifications to the FTC’s Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter Industries.  Specifically, the roundtable panels will focus on two issues: (1) the marketing of alloy products containing precious metals in amounts...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the guaranty provisions of the Fur Rules, under the Fur Products Labeling Act.  These changes would align the Fur Rules with proposed changes to the guaranty provisions of the Rules under the Textile Fiber Products...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued revised guidance designed to help businesses comply with the requirements of the Red Flags Rule, which protects consumers by requiring businesses to watch for and respond to warning signs or “red flags” of identity theft.
The Federal Trade Commission today announced 191 actions to stop fraudulent operations hawking timeshare property resale services and travel prizes, including three FTC cases, 83 civil actions brought by 28 states, and 25 actions brought by law enforcement agencies in 10 other countries.  More than...
As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing crackdown on payment processors that turn a blind eye to fraud, the agency sued a payment processing business that allegedly assisted and facilitated a telemarketing credit card interest rate reduction scam.

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