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The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a seminar on alternative scoring products in Washington, D.C., on March 19, 2014, and invites webcast viewers to submit questions online. Staff will live-tweet the seminar, and take questions via Twitter, Facebook, and email.

The seminar, which is part of the FTC’s spring privacy series, will take a closer look at the growing field of alternative scoring, in which companies use data about consumers to create scores designed to predict consumer behavior. Speakers and panelists will examine the privacy questions and possible benefits to consumers from these alternative scoring products.

The live webcast will begin at 10 a.m. EDT. Viewers can submit questions throughout the day via the following channels:

Twitter: Commission staff will tweet workshop highlights from the @FTC Twitter account and use the hashtag #FTCpriv.

Facebook: Post questions to the FTC’s Facebook page in the seminar status thread.

Email: Submit questions via email to

Staff will do their best to answer as many questions from the audience and online during the seminar.

Note: The link for the webcast will be active five minutes before the seminar start time.

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Contact Information

Cheryl Warner
Office of Public Affairs

Katherine Armstrong
Bureau of Consumer Protection

Andrea Arias
Bureau of Consumer Protection