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Starting in summer 2016, the FTC began a forum series exploring emerging financial technology and its implications for consumers. The first FinTech Forum, held June 9, 2016, addressed marketplace lending. Marketplace lenders are typically nonbank financial platforms that leverage...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day conference in Chicago on June 15, 2016, on how companies can secure their products, services, and networks. The event will focus on guidance for startups and other small and medium-sized businesses about how to make security considerations a part of...
Today, we’re turning the table on some healthcare professionals. Don’t worry. We’re not asking an anesthesiologist to count back from ten, or even telling an ENT to say “ah.” We’re offering an eye exam for eye doctors:
El personal de la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés) ha enviado 45 cartas a profesionales que prescriben lentes de contacto y a 10 vendedores de lentes de contacto advirtiéndoles la posible infracción de las disposiciones de
Federal Trade Commission staff has sent 45 letters to contact lens prescribers and 10 to contact lens sellers warning them of potential violations of the agency’s Contact Lens Rule
What do you call an agency that in one year can report consumer protection accomplishments as varied as:
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 474 checks totaling more than $33,000 to consumers who lost money to a scheme that charged homeowners an up-front fee for mortgage relief services they promised but never provided. In September 2015, a federal court banned Wealth Educators and Veronica Sesma...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 1,701 checks totaling more than $596,000 to consumers who lost money to a fraudulent debt collection scheme that processed payments for payday loan debts they did not owe. In September 2015, a federal court banned Kirit Patel, Broadway Global Master Inc. and...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez released the FTC’s 2015 Annual Highlights today, featuring some of the agency’s key efforts to benefit consumers and promote competition over the past calendar year.
If you’re in the process of developing a health-related mobile app, what tools are essential to your success? The answer, according to some entrepreneurs, is innovative code, a great marketing plan, and the number of a take-out that delivers until 2AM. But have you given much thought...
The Federal Trade Commission has created a new web-based tool for developers of health-related mobile apps, which is designed to help the developers understand what federal laws and regulations  might apply to their apps. The FTC developed the tool in conjunction with the Department of Health and...
The FTC hosted its first-ever PrivacyCon event on January 14, 2016, to showcase original research in the area of privacy and security research. With over 300 in-person attendees, 1500 virtual attendees watching via webcast, and many more following PrivacyCon on Twitter, the event was...
Following on the success of its first PrivacyCon event, the Federal Trade Commission has announced the second edition of the research conference will take place Jan. 12, 2017, and has published a call for presentations. PrivacyCon is designed to continue and expand collaboration among leading...
This release was updated to reflect an adjustment in the start times of the seminars. The Federal Trade Commission will host a series of seminars this fall to examine three new and evolving technologies that are raising critical consumer protection issues. The FTC Fall Technology Series comprises...
Ransomware, Drones, and Smart TV. That’s a trio you don’t often see together. The FTC will consider the consumer protection implications of those issues at three half-day conferences later this year. We call it the Fall Technology Series, and you’ll want to mark your calendar now...
As part of the Federal Trade Commission's systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comment on the efficiency, costs, benefits, and impact of the R-value Rule.
Consumers enjoy recommendations based on their television viewing habits (“viewers who watched Mr. Robot… may enjoy Fight Club”), but who else knows what you’re watching? The golden age of television has arrived with the golden age of television tracking. In 2016, virtually all...
Americans are increasingly familiar with drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). These devices have become one of consumers’ most popular technology purchases; some estimate nearly one million new drones will be purchased in 2016. Many consumer drones are controlled by...
With alarming frequency, ransomware hackers are sneaking into consumer and business computers, encrypting files containing photos, documents and other important data, and then demanding a ransom in exchange for the key needed to decrypt the files. At times, these hackers pose as the...
Bajo los términos de un acuerdo con la Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC, por su sigla en inglés), los 50 estados y el Distrito de Columbia, dos falsas entidades de caridad de lucha contra el cáncer que operaban en todo el país serán disueltas y a su presidente se le prohibirá obtener beneficios de...

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