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The Federal Trade Commission announced a preliminary agenda for The Big Picture: Comprehensive Data Collection, a workshop that will explore the practices and privacy implications of comprehensive data collection.  The workshop will be held in Washington, DC, on Dec. 6, 2012, and is free and open...
Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Director David Vladeck issued the following statement regarding a federal judge’s approval of the FTC proposed order and $22.5 million civil penalty settling charges that Google misrepresented privacy assurances to users of Apple’s Safari...
After reviewing hundreds of mortgage advertisements, the Federal Trade Commission staff has sent letters to 20 companies, warning them that their ads may be deceptive. The FTC sent its warning letters to real estate agents, home builders, and lead generators, urging them to review their...
Scammers are using illegal robocalls to impersonate the Federal Trade Commission, and to try to trick consumers into disclosing their bank account information on a non-FTC website, the agency warns.  The scammers’ robocalls direct consumers to the website http://ftcrefund.com, which deceives...
WHAT: On Monday, November 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will hold a press call to announce a coordinated effort to protect consumers.  The call will begin with statements by Kent Markus, CFPB Assistant Director of Enforcement, and...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced seven new law enforcement actions and developments in five other FTC cases involving scams that falsely promise jobs and opportunities to “be your own boss” to people who are unemployed or underemployed.  Six of the new FTC actions are the first cases...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a press conference in Washington, DC, on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. ET to announce a major federal-state law enforcement crackdown on scams that falsely promise jobs and opportunities to “be your own boss” to people who are unemployed or...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Performance and Accountability Report. The report shows American taxpayers how the FTC has managed its resources, highlights major accomplishments in fulfilling the FTC's two core goals of protecting consumers and promoting...
The Clickbooth affiliate network has agreed to pay $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its affiliate marketers deceived consumers through bogus weight-loss claims on fake news sites about acai berry supplements and so-called “colon cleansers.”
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz today announced that Willard K. “Will” Tom, the agency’s General Counsel, has left the agency to return to the private sector, and that David Shonka, the FTC’s Principal Deputy General Counsel, will serve as Acting General Counsel.  Leibowitz also...
The Federal Trade Commission announced the agenda for its November 29 forum exploring the use of enforceable industry codes of conduct to protect consumers in cross-border commerce. The forum will examine how government entities, businesses, consumer groups, and other organizations can develop and...
To help Spanish-speaking consumers recover money lost to a scam that promised to stop foreclosure or obtain mortgage loan modifications, the Federal Trade Commission mailed claim forms this week, that must be submitted no later than January 14, 2013.
A company that provides management services to more than 300 payday loan and check cashing stores, and an affiliated company that owns and operates several stores, will pay $101,500 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated federal law by allowing sensitive consumer information...
The Federal Trade Commission escalated its campaign against illegal, unwanted robocalls announcing that it pulled the plug on five companies based in Arizona and Florida allegedly responsible for millions of illegal pre-recorded calls from “Rachel” and others from “Cardholder Services.”  State...
If you purchased “Wal-Born” – a Walgreens’ brand dietary supplement, the Federal Trade Commission wants you to know that you may be eligible for a refund. National pharmacy chain Walgreens agreed to pay nearly $6 million in 2010, to settle FTC charges that it deceptively advertised that its “Wal-...
At a press conference in Chicago, Illinois, the Federal Trade Commission will announce a new set of cases targeting telemarketing “robocallers,” as part of a joint federal/state enforcement sweep to protect consumers from unwanted, sometimes harassing calls.  Charles Harwood, Deputy Director of the...
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Trade Commission reminds consumers that scams often follow disasters.  The nation’s consumer protection agency warns people about urgent appeals for charitable donations, and cautions residents in stricken areas about fraudulent home repair offers. If you...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has accepted as final settlements with two operations it charged with illegally exposing the sensitive personal information of thousands of consumers by allowing peer-to-peer file-sharing software to be installed on their corporate...
Two of the nation’s leading paint companies, The Sherwin-Williams Company and PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc., have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers to believe that some of their paints are free of potentially harmful chemicals known as volatile organic...
Consumers shopping for a car, looking for a job or just getting their financial house in order should check their free annual credit reports.  The FTC is offering new videos, in English and Spanish, explaining why, and advising them what to do if a report contains inaccurate information.

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