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Stratford Career Institute has agreed to stop making allegedly deceptive claims about educational programs under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling nearly $20 million to more than 617,000 T-Mobile customers who had third-party charges added to their mobile bills. These refunds are the result of a 2014 settlement with T-Mobile, which also involved all 50 states and the District of...
The Federal Trade Commission will mark Tax Identity Theft Week, January 30 - February 3, with a series of events to alert consumers and businesses to ways they can minimize their risk of tax identity theft, and recover if it happens. What is tax identity theft? It’s when a scammer files a...
The Federal Trade Commission has released Cross-Device Tracking: An FTC Staff Report that describes the technology used to track consumers across multiple Internet-connected devices, the benefits and challenges associated with it, and industry efforts to address those challenges. The report...
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 or actions,...
The Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon event will be held tomorrow, Jan. 12, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (ET). Speakers will include FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Director Jessica Rich of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. The event will feature research presentations and policy...
The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer D-Link Corporation and its U.S. subsidiary, alleging that inadequate security measures taken by the company left its wireless routers and Internet cameras vulnerable to hackers and put U.S...
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is hosting a workshop in Washington, DC on April 18, 2017, to examine competition, innovation, and consumer protection issues raised by hearing health and technology, particularly hearing aids and devices with similar functions and features.
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is challenging the public to create an innovative tool that will help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities in the software of home devices connected to the Internet of Things. The agency is offering a cash prize of up to $25,000 for...
Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich filed a comment today with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding its request for comments on proposed industry guidance for highly automated vehicles: Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.
A Federal Trade Commission staff report released today provides an in-depth assessment of evolving business models that rely on internet and app-based “sharing economy” platforms used by millions of Americans. The report summarizes a June 2015 FTC public workshop and highlights a number of...
Following its September workshop on Ransomware – malicious software that denies access to computer files until the victim pays a ransom – the Federal Trade Commission is offering tips on how consumers and businesses can protect devices and respond to ransomware.
As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon forum in January, the FTC will host a privacy research and development networking event on Jan. 11, 2017, designed to provide a platform for government agencies and non-profits that fund or support privacy research to share information about...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has issued the enclosed statement following the approval of new broadband consumer privacy rules by the Federal Communications Commission today:
The Federal Trade Commission will host an all-day conference, “Planning For the Future,” examining the state of identity theft now and how it may evolve in the future. The event will take place on May 24, 2017, in Washington, DC. The FTC is also seeking public comment on these issues to help inform...
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda for its upcoming FinTech forum examining peer-to-peer payments and crowdfunding. The forum, which is the second in an ongoing event series, will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in Washington, DC. 
The Federal Trade Commission has charged the operators of a multi-national tech support company with using deceptive pop-up internet ads to scare thousands of consumers into paying hundreds of dollars each for unnecessary technical support services.
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has issued the enclosed statement following the release today of the Federal Communications Commission’s Fact Sheet on Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal:
The FTC and the State of Georgia have charged Laptop & Desktop Repair, LLC, an electronics buyback company that specializes in buying consumers’ used smartphones, tablets and other devices, and its owner, Vadim Olegovich Kruchinin, with deceiving consumers with high-dollar offers to buy back...
The Federal Trade Commission announced the agenda for its Oct. 13 event examining how the growing use of unmanned aerial drones may impact consumer privacy. With businesses using drones for everything from product deliveries to photography, the event will look at the potential risks and benefits to...

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