The Federal Trade Commission hosted a workshop to examine the use of mobile payments in the marketplace and how this emerging technology impacts consumers. This event brought together consumer advocates, industry representatives, government regulators, technologists, and academics to examine a wide range of issues, including the technology and business models used in mobile payments, the consumer protection issues raised, and the experiences of other nations where mobile payments are more common.
The workshop was free and open to the public.
- Archived Webcast - segment 1/4
- Archived Webcast - segment 2/4
- Archived Webcast - segment 3/4 (not available)
- Archived Webcast - segment 4/4
FTC staff live-tweeted the workshop. Check out the #FTCmobile transcript and information on other FTC Twitter Events.
Request for Comments
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments electronically or in paper form. Submission of comments should be captioned: "Paper, Plastic . . . or Mobile? An FTC Workshop on Mobile Payments, Project No. P124808." Please note that your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including on the publicly accessible FTC Web site, at www.ftc.gov/os/publiccomments.shtm. Because comments will be made public, they should not include any sensitive personal information, such as any individual's Social Security number; date of birth; driver's license number or other state identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card number. Comments also should not include any sensitive health information, such as medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, comments should not include any ''[t]rade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential,'' as provided in Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and Commission Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2). Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled ''Confidential,'' and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c).1 Because paper mail addressed to the FTC is subject to delay due to heightened security screening, please consider submitting your comments in electronic form. Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted at https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/mobilepayments following the instructions on the web-based form.
A comment filed in paper form should include the reference "Paper, Plastic . . . or Mobile? An FTC Workshop on Mobile Payments, Project No. P124808" both in the text of the comment and on the envelope, and should be mailed or delivered to the following address:
Federal Trade Commission
Office of the Secretary
Room H–113 (Annex B)
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20580
FN 1 The comment must be accompanied by an explicit request for confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted or denied by the Commission's General Counsel, consistent with applicable law and the public interest. See 16 CFR 4.9(c).