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The FTC hosted a public workshop to explore the issues associated with the distribution and effects of software that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge and which may send such information to another entity without the consumer's...
The FTC hosted a public workshop to examine issues relating to the marketing of violent entertainment to children. The workshop provided a forum for discussing the state of self-regulation in the entertainment industry and, in particular, children's access to products that have been...
The FTC hosted a public workshop to examine the costs and benefits to consumers and businesses of the collection and use of consumer information. In order to facilitate closer examination of the issues, the workshop focused on the collection and use of consumer information for...
The workshops focused on the role technology plays for both consumers and businesses. Consumers may have more technologies available to help them protect their personal information, but it is unclear whether consumers are using these technologies and whether these products reflect the...
The FTC held a workshop to explore alternate approaches to reducing deceptive claims in advertising for weight-loss products. Following up on the issuance of the FTC staff report, Weight-Loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends, the workshop gave the FTC staff and interested...
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act) requires that financial institutions issue privacy notices to their customers, and, in certain circumstances, provide them with the opportunity to opt out of disclosures of nonpublic personal information to nonaffiliated third parties. Concerns...
This workshop was part of the FTC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) effort to gather information to report to Congress on the benefits and burdens of å¤ 101(c)(1)(C)(ii) of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act ("...
The FTC hosted a public workshop that explored how businesses merge and exchange detailed consumer information and how such information is used commercially. The FTC explored how detailed consumer profiles -- i.e., compilations of identifying information, preference information,...
The public forum reviewed the "do-not-call" provision of the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The "do-not-call" provision prohibits sellers or telemarketers from calling persons who have previously stated that they do not wish to be called. This forum was the first in a series of...
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration ("NTIA") of the United States Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission held a public workshop on "online profiling," the practice of aggregating information about consumers' preferences and interests,...
The conference explored how the Commission's rules and guides apply to electronic media, including the Internet, e-mail and CD-ROMs.
On November 8, 1995, a number of consumer groups filed a petition asking the Commission to look into whether vehicles bought back under state lemon laws are being resold without disclosing to subsequent purchasers that the vehicles had been bought back. The state laws vary as to...
The FTC hosted a public workshop, "Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft," to explore the uses of Social Security numbers in the private sector and the role of SSNs in identity theft. This workshop continues the work of the President's Identity Theft Task Force, and, in particular,...
The FTC hosted a Town Hall that brought together consumer advocates, industry representatives, technology experts, and academics to address consumer protection issues raised by the practice of tracking consumers' activities online to target advertising - or "behavioral advertising."...
The FTC hosted a workshop to explore changes in the debt collection industry and examine their impact on consumers and businesses. The event brought together consumer advocates, industry representatives, state and federal regulators, and others with relevant expertise to provide...
The FTC hosted a summit that brought together experts from the business, government, and technology sectors, consumer advocates, and academics to explore consumer protection issues surrounding spam, phishing, and malware.
The FTC hosted a public workshop to explore the role of authentication processes in preventing identity theft. The workshop provided a forum for discussion among public sector, private sector, and consumer representatives about better ways to authenticate the identities of individuals...
The FTC held public hearings to bring together experts from the business, government, and technology sectors, consumer advocates, academicians, and law enforcement officials to explore the ways in which convergence and the globalization of commerce impact consumer protection. The...
The FTC and the Department of Health and Human Services sponsored a workshop that brought together representatives from the food and beverage industry and media and entertainment companies, medical and nutrition experts, consumer groups, advertising specialists, and other key experts...
The workshop is the latest in a series of efforts to assess the impact of new and significant technologies on consumers and businesses. P2P file-sharing technology enables individuals to share files, including music, video, or software. Because the files do not reside in a central...

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