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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 workshop explored various issues that online consumers confront as they buy goods or services from foreign businesses. These issues concern questions of what laws apply to direct, international business-to-consumer transactions, where disputes are heard, and which governments...
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 FTC and the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology hosted a summit that brought together technologists and other interested parties to discuss the market's development, testing, evaluation, and deployment of domain-level authentication systems....
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 published proposed amendments to the Pay-per-call Rule, including provisions to combat telephone bill "cramming" - inserting unauthorized charges on consumers' phone bills - and other abuses in the sale of products and services that are billed to the telephone, including...
The FTC hosted a public workshop on that brought together experts from business, government, and the technology sector, consumer advocates, and academics to explore competition and consumer protection issues relating to broadband Internet access, including so-called "network...
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 FTC hosted a conference to explore a range of energy issues of importance to American consumers and the U.S. and global economies. The conference brought together leading experts from the government, the energy industry, consumer groups, and the academic community. These experts...
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...
These conferences were intended to serve several purposes: (1) To allow Commission staff and interested parties the opportunity to discuss openly issues raised in the ANPR and in the comments to the ANPR; (2) to offer the general public an opportunity to make statements on the record...
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 held a public workshop on how to build public/private partnerships to combat cross-border fraud against consumers. The workshop explored how the private and public sectors can work together to identify, stop, and bring effective enforcement actions against cross-border fraud...
The FTC hosted a public workshop to explore how certain state regulations and private business practices may be having significantly anticompetitive effects on e-commerce. Some private estimates suggest that the potential costs to consumers of these anticompetitive restrictions may...
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...
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 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 three-day workshop brought together prominent practitioners, academics and enforcement officials to discuss the Horizontal Merger Guidelines. The workshop explored state-of-the-art application of the Guidelines by those with the most experience using them. In preparation for...
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 Federal Trade Commission is planning to host a public workshop on January 8, 2008 to examine the emerging market for carbon offsets (i.e., greenhouse gas emission reduction products) and renewable energy certificates, and related advertising claims. The workshop will focus on...

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