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It’s a challenge worthy of Drs. Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, and Ray Stantz – and it could result in a prize of as much as $25,000 for a creative tech tinkerer.
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is challenging the public to create an innovative tool that will help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities in the software of home devices connected to the Internet of Things. The agency is offering a cash prize of up to $25,000 for...
On April 18, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop to examine competition, innovation, and consumer protection issues raised by hearing health and technology, especially hearing aids.
“Just like the white winged dove sings a song,” you can count on the BCP Business Blog to celebrate the “Edge of Seventeen” – 2017, of course – with a recap of in-case-you-missed-it developments from 2016. (Sorry, Stevie Nicks. That was a stretch.) In no particular order, here is our...
Before we start making New Year’s resolutions for 2017, let’s assess last year’s pledges. In announcing Operation Collection Protection, a coordinated federal-state-local initiative to take on illegal debt collection practices, we made two promises: 1) to continue our commitment in...
You oversleep, spill the coffee, and get caught in a rush hour traffic jam. Then you check your messages and the day really heads south because according to the State Bar (or Board of Accountancy, Medical Society, or other group), you’re in trouble with your professional association...
The FTC, AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration co-host a webinar at 2:00 p.m. EST for consumers about how tax identity theft and IRS imposter scams occur and recovery steps for victims.
The FTC, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration discuss tax identity theft, IRS imposter scams, how to lower your risk, and what to do if you become a victim, during a 1:00 p.m. EST webinar for veterans, their families, and those who...
The FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) co-host a Twitter chat at 3:00 p.m. EST about tax identity theft. Consumers can join the conversation on #IDTheftChat. Follow @FTC and @ITRCSD to ask questions and learn more about tax identity theft, how to protect yourself, and...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged the operators of a timeshare reselling scheme with bilking at least $15 million dollars from timeshare property owners by imposing hefty up-front fees based on false promises that they would sell or rent their properties.
The defendants who operated a Florida-based tech support scheme that the Federal Trade Commission and State of Florida charged deceived thousands of consumers, will pay $10 million for consumer redress to settle the action.
Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted a comment to the Iowa Board of Physician Assistants supporting a regulatory proposal to define physician supervision of a physician assistant (PA), in response to a Board request for public comments.
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez issued the following statement regarding today’s announcement by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of a nearly completed agreement resolving the EPA’s Clean Air Act claims, and nearly complete agreements concerning consumer injury claims.
So you’ve taken every precaution against a zombie attack. You’ve sealed the windows, stockpiled kerosene, and keep a machete or two handy. But despite your best efforts, The Undead still manage to reanimate themselves and stalk their unsuspecting prey. We hate when that happens. But...
Turn Inc., a Redwood City, California company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by tracking them online and through their mobile applications, even after consumers took steps to opt...

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