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On January 28, 2020, staff of the Federal Trade Commission examined voice cloning technologies that enable users to make near-perfect reproductions of a real person’s voice. Advances in artificial intelligence and text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis have allowed researchers to create a...
The FTC will host its fifth annual PrivacyCon on July 21, 2020. For PrivacyCon 2020, the FTC is seeking research presentations on any topic related to consumer privacy and security. However, we will focus in particular on the privacy of health data collected, stored, and transmitted...
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a public workshop on October 7, 2019 to explore whether to update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission examined consumer protection issues related to video game loot boxes at a public workshop on August 7, 2019, in Washington, DC. Loot boxes are in-game rewards that contain a random assortment of virtual items (loot) to assist a player advance...
Staff of the Federal Trade Commission hosted a workshop on July 16, 2019 to examine ways in which manufacturers may limit third-party repairs and is seeking research focused on such limitations.
This hearing was originally scheduled for January 16 but was rescheduled to March 20, 2019 due to the government shutdown. The Federal Trade Commission held the tenth session of its Hearings Initiative, focused on competition and consumer protection issues in broadband markets, on...
The Federal Trade Commission held the fourth session of the Hearings initiative with two full-day sessions held at the FTC’s Constitution Center facilities in Washington, D.C. on October 23-24, 2018.
As consumer interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin has grown, scammers have reportedly become more active in this area. Reported scams include deceptive investment and business opportunities, bait-and-switch schemes, and deceptively marketed mining machines. The FTC has continued...
Building on the success of its two previous PrivacyCon events, the Federal Trade Commission announced a call for presentations for its third PrivacyCon, which took place on February 28, 2018.
The Federal Trade Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a workshop on June 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C., to examine the consumer privacy and security issues posed by automated and connected motor vehicles.The workshop featured opening remarks...
The Federal Trade Commission will host its third FinTech Forum on March 9, 2017, focusing on the consumer implications of two rapidly developing technologies: artificial intelligence and blockchain.Artificial intelligence focuses on the capability for machines to mimic human thinking...
On April 18, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a workshop to examine competition, innovation, and consumer protection issues raised by hearing health and technology, especially hearing aids.
This fall, the Commission will host a forum – the second in its FinTech series – on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payment systems. Crowdfunding is the process by which companies and individuals raise money from the public to fund new products, projects or individual needs. Peer-to-...
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a public workshop in Washington, DC on September 15, 2016 to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information. Effective disclosures are critical in...
Starting in summer 2016, the FTC began a forum series exploring emerging financial technology and its implications for consumers. The first FinTech Forum, held June 9, 2016, addressed marketplace lending. Marketplace lenders are typically nonbank financial platforms that leverage...
Consumers enjoy recommendations based on their television viewing habits (“viewers who watched Mr. Robot… may enjoy Fight Club”), but who else knows what you’re watching? The golden age of television has arrived with the golden age of television tracking. In 2016, virtually all...
Americans are increasingly familiar with drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). These devices have become one of consumers’ most popular technology purchases; some estimate nearly one million new drones will be purchased in 2016. Many consumer drones are controlled by...
With alarming frequency, ransomware hackers are sneaking into consumer and business computers, encrypting files containing photos, documents and other important data, and then demanding a ransom in exchange for the key needed to decrypt the files. At times, these hackers pose as the...
The Federal Trade Commission held its second PrivacyCon conference on January 12, 2017, to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, including whitehat researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and government regulators, to discuss the latest research...
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Digital Parenting – Keep Your Connected Family Safe Week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is about staying protected while we are always connected. There are many ways parents can educate their kids on good cyber habits, whether they’re using...

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