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Cloud Computing RFI: What we heard and learned

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Cloud computing has emerged and grown significantly over the recent decades – from its infancy in 2004, to a $576 billion industry in 2023. [1] FTC’s Office of Technology, Bureau of Competition, and...
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Preventing the Harms of AI-enabled Voice Cloning

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Today, the FTC is announcing the Voice Cloning Challenge to address the present and emerging harms of artificial intelligence- or “AI”-enabled voice cloning technologies. Speech synthesis has been...
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Consumers Are Voicing Concerns About AI

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Over the last several years, artificial intelligence (AI)—a term which can refer to a broad variety of technologies, as a previous FTC blog notes—has attracted an enormous amount of market and media...
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Generative AI Raises Competition Concerns

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Generative AI has the potential to rapidly transform the way we live, work, and interact. Within just a few months, generative AI chatbots and applications have launched and scaled across industries...
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Ethics FAQs for FTC technologists

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The Federal Trade Commission is aggressively hiring Technologists to help drive the agency’s work, ensure a vibrant technology marketplace, conduct investigations, and hold companies and people who...
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It’s time for a FTC Blockchain Working Group

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Today, the FTC announced a lawsuit against four individuals alleging that they have promoted one or more fraudulent “chain referral schemes.” Such schemes are not new – in fact, the FTC has brought...
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How the FTC keeps up on technology

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Because the FTC’s consumer protection and competition missions cut across so many technology industries, some call it the “Federal Technology Commission.” With only a few exceptions, the FTC protects...
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Time to rethink mandatory password changes

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Data security is a process that evolves over time as new threats emerge and new countermeasures are developed. The FTC’s longstanding advice to companies has been to conduct risk assessments, taking...
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Privacy trade-offs in retail tracking

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Figure 1 Identifying customers that visit multiple retail locations for the same store (Source: Fast Company, “ Here’s What Brick-And-Mortar Stores See When They Track You ”) Last week, the FTC...
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Does Hashing Make Data “Anonymous”?

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One of the most misunderstood topics in privacy is what it means to provide “anonymous” access to data. One often hears references to “hashing” as a way of rendering data anonymous. As it turns out...
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