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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.
The FTC hosted its fourth annual PrivacyCon on June 27, 2019. For PrivacyCon 2019, the FTC was seeking research presentations on a wide range of consumer privacy and security issues, with a particular focus on the economics driving those issues. The call for presentations sought...
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Department of Education (“ED”) hosted a workshop on December 1, 2017 to examine student privacy and Ed Tech.
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...
Ten years ago, President Bush launched a new era in the fight against identity theft by issuing an executive order establishing the Identity Theft Task Force, which the Commission co-chaired. In the ensuing ten years, great strides have been made to combat identity theft but it...
FTC & NASCO Host a Conference Exploring Consumer Protection Issues and Charitable Solicitations
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-...
As part of its Every Community Initiative, the FTC recognizes that the demographics of the country will continue to change and affect our efforts to protect consumers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population is getting older and more racially and ethnically diverse. ...
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...
The FTC’s fourth “Start With Security” event was held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, and was co-sponsored by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.During this one-day event, the FTC brought together experts who will provide businesses with practical tips and...
The FTC’s third “Start With Security” event will take place on February 9, 2016, in Seattle, Washington, and will be co-sponsored by the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, the University of Washington School of Law Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic, and CoMotion at the...
The FTC’s second “Start With Security” event will take place on November 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas, and will be co-sponsored by the University of Texas Robert S. Strauss Center and the Center for Identity.  
The FTC's first “Start With Security” conference is scheduled for September 9, 2015, in San Francisco, and is co-sponsored by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. It is part of a business education initiative designed to provide companies with practical resources...
The Federal Trade Commission held a workshop to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms—often called the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop examined competition, consumer protection, and economic issues...

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