FTC to Hold Workshop on Ways to Protect Consumers As Debt Collection Technologies Change

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On Thursday, April 28, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop about the impact that technological advances are having on the nation’s consumer debt collection system.  The workshop will explore how changing technology affects the ways in which debt collectors communicate with consumers and obtain and process information about consumers and debts.  More information about the event, including the agenda, can be found here.  Members of the public and press who cannot attend in person may view the webcast of the event.

WHO: Free and open to the public. All attendees will be required to show a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license
WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and seats will be available on first come, first served basis.
WHERE: FTC’s Satellite Building Conference Center
601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
WEBCAST: The event will be webcast live.
TWITTER: Follow #FTCdebt throughout the day for updates on Twitter about the workshop.

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