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Tax-related identity theft was the most common form of identity theft reported to the Federal Trade Commission in 2014, while the number of complaints from consumers about criminals impersonating IRS officials was nearly 24 times more than in 2013, according to FTC statistics released today.
La Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC) realizará una semana de eventos que se llevarán a cabo entre el 26 y el 30 de enero para aumentar el nivel de concientización sobre la amenaza planteada por el robo de identidad relacionado con impuestos, una estafa que todos los años pone en riesgo a miles de...
The Federal Trade Commission will conduct a week of events Jan. 26-30 to raise consumer awareness about the threat posed by tax identity theft, a scam that puts thousands of consumers at risk every year.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Snapchat deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service.
What’s worse than losing all the photos and important files on your computer? Knowing you could have prevented it. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, advises consumers that a wise resolution for the New Year is to back up your digital life. Maybe you just got a...
The FTC's letter notes that BabyBus does not get parents’ consent before collecting children’s personal information.
FTC charges that PaymentsMD and its former CEO used the sign-up process for a “Patient Portal” -- where consumers could view their billing history -- as a pathway to deceptively seek consumers’ consent to obtain detailed medical information about the consumers.
Following a public comment period and review of AgeCheq, Inc.’s initial proposed Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule verifiable parental consent method, the Federal Trade Commission has denied the company’s application. 
CORRECTED: The deadline for comment related to this matter is Dec. 29, 2014. The release previously listed an earlier date. The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed verifiable parental consent method that AgeCheq, Inc., has submitted for Commission approval under the...
TRUSTe provides seals to businesses that meet specific requirements for consumer privacy programs that it administers.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has ordered two debt sellers that posted the sensitive personal information of more than 70,000 consumers online to notify the consumers and explain how they can protect themselves against identity theft and other fraud in light of...
The Federal Trade Commission filed a comment on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking related to vehicle-to-vehicle communications. As the lead federal agency charged with protecting consumer privacy, the FTC in its comment commends NHTSA for...
A series of defendants will pay approximately $10 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that they operated a massive scam that sent unwanted text messages to millions of consumers, many of whom later received illegal robocalls, phony “free” merchandise offers, and unauthorized...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has appointed Ashkan Soltani as the agency’s Chief Technologist, succeeding Dr. Latanya Sweeney, who is returning to Harvard University, where she founded and directs Harvard’s Data Privacy Lab.
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez issued the following statement regarding the initiative to safeguard consumers’ financial security announced today by President Obama: “Identity theft has been American consumers’ number one complaint for more than a decade, and it affects people...
The Federal Trade Commission has extended until Oct. 31 the deadline for public comments related to its recent workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” Instructions for providing public comments to the Commission regarding the workshop can be found on the workshop’s webpage. The...
In a comment filed Friday with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission provided information on its enforcement, policy and education work related to consumer privacy and data security as applied to residential broadband Internet services.
Online review site Yelp, Inc., and mobile app developer TinyCo, Inc., agreed to settle separate Federal Trade Commission charges that they improperly collected children’s information in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, Rule. Under the terms of the settlements,...
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the final agenda for its upcoming workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” taking place at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed verifiable parental consent method that AgeCheq, Inc., has submitted for Commission approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.

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