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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 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...
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...
The Federal Trade Commission has amended its Energy Labeling Rule by updating comparability range and cost information for several products, including dishwashers, furnaces, pool heaters and room air conditioners.
The Federal Trade Commission has charged a student loan debt relief operation with bilking more than $28 million from thousands of consumers throughout the country by falsely promising that consumers’ monthly payments would go towards paying off their student loans.
The Federal Trade Commission released the final agenda for PrivacyCon 2018, an event that will be held on February 28, 2018, and will highlight research that explores the privacy and security implications of emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and virtual...
Marketing Architects, Inc. (MAI), an advertising agency that created and disseminated allegedly deceptive radio ads for weight-loss products marketed by its client, Direct Alternatives, has agreed to pay $2 million to the Federal Trade Commission and State of Maine Attorney General’s Office to...
A web-based talent search company has agreed to pay $235,000 in civil penalties to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children, and that it misled consumers about the benefits of its premium paid services.
A new Staff Perspective, a paper by the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, examines financial issues that can affect military consumers, including servicemembers, veterans, and their families, when they are purchasing and financing a car, dealing with debt collectors, or...
In a comment provided to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), staff of the Federal Trade Commission responded to the FCC’s request for input on potential mechanisms to address erroneously blocked robocalls, without imposing undue harm on callers and consumers.
The operators of a computer tech support scam are permanently banned from the tech support business as part of a settlement to resolve charges by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Ohio that the defendants tricked consumers into believing their computers were infected with viruses and...

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