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The Federal Trade Commission and its partners across the country will participate in the 20th anniversary of National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), held March 4-10, 2018. NCPW is a nationally coordinated campaign to help consumers understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions...
Note: A conference call for media with Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, was held on March 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. ET. FTC staff were available to take questions from the media.
The Federal Trade Commission will release its annual Consumer Sentinel Data Book summarizing consumer complaints about fraud, identity theft and other consumer concerns and will host a conference call for news media.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a petition by Sears Holding Management requesting that the FTC reopen and modify a 2009 FTC order settling charges that Sears failed to disclose adequately the scope of consumers’ personal information it collected via a...
A new Federal Trade Commission report finds that the complexity of the mobile ecosystem means that the security update process for patching operating system software on some mobile devices is intricate and time-consuming.
WHAT: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to host the third annual PrivacyCon, which will focus on the economics of privacy. A student poster session featuring presentations from the next generation of privacy and data security researchers will coincide with PrivacyCon.WHEN:Wednesday, February 28, 9...
The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with PayPal, Inc. over allegations that the company told users of its Venmo peer-to-peer payment service that money credited to their Venmo balances could be transferred to external bank accounts without adequately disclosing that the...
Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the following statement regarding the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling today in FTC v. AT&T Mobility, LLC:“I welcome the Ninth Circuit’s ruling as good news for consumers. It ensures that the FTC can and will...
The Federal Trade Commission today posted the agenda for its upcoming workshop on the contact lens marketplace and proposed changes to the agency’s Contact Lens Rule. The event is on Wednesday, March 7, in Washington, DC, and is free and open to the public. It will be held at the FTC’s Constitution...
The Federal Trade Commission has new tips for consumers on what to look for when shopping for a virtual private network (VPN) app that can help secure information sent over a public Wi-Fi network.The FTC has long cautioned consumers about the potential risks of using free public Wi-Fi networks,...
The Federal Trade Commission has taken legal action against two deceptive schemes that targeted or affected senior citizens with phony sweepstakes offers and bogus computer technical support services that tricked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars.The two cases were brought in conjunction...
A company and its CEO who allegedly advertised and sold two “anti-aging” products using false or unsubstantiated claims have agreed to stop making the claims under a Federal Trade Commission settlement order. The FTC charged Telomerase Activation Sciences, Inc. and Noel Patton (collectively, TA...
The Federal Trade Commission today released a staff report that examines 11 web-hosting services that market themselves to small businesses and finds that many do not provide by default certain email authentication and anti-phishing technologies, potentially leaving many small firms at risk of...
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 72,836 checks totaling more than $2.9 million to people who lost money to an alleged scheme that trapped them into payday loans they never authorized or whose terms were deceptive.
As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the agency is announcing a revised regulatory review schedule for 2018.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 5,745 checks totaling more than $480,000 to people who lost money to a debt relief scheme that misled its customers and charged illegal upfront fees.
The Federal Trade Commission submitted to Congress its Fiscal Year 2019 budget request, in support of the President’s FY 2019 budget for the federal government. The budget request also includes the FY 2019 Budget Overview Statement, Performance Plan for FY 2018 and FY 2019, and Performance Report...
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment to the Washington State Legislature concerning proposed legislation that would, among other things, restrict the use of telehealth eye care in which a practitioner distant from a patient uses data received by telecommunications as the basis for a...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments on its Guides for the Nursery Industry (Nursery Guides) as part of its systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides.
At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted an operation that took more than $14 million from consumers seeking to start their own online business. The operation misrepresented that its purported business coaching program would enable consumers to earn...

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