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Staff of the Federal Trade Commission will host 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.
Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen announced her departure from the Federal Trade Commission upon the expiration of her term today. Ohlhausen was sworn in as a Commissioner on April 4, 2012, and served as Acting Chairman of the agency from January 25, 2017 to May 1, 2018. Commissioner Ohlhausen...
The Federal Trade Commission today released a staff report that examines 11 web-hosting services that market themselves to small businesses and finds that many do not provide by default certain email authentication and anti-phishing technologies, potentially leaving many small firms at risk of...
To encourage the next generation of privacy and data security researchers to explore economic questions in privacy and data security, the Federal Trade Commission today issued a call for presentations from students to coincide with the agency’s third PrivacyCon conference on February 28, 2018.The...
The operators of a mobile app that promised cash incentives to get consumers to commit to fitness and nutrition goals have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that they falsely promised that consumers who met weekly goals would be paid financial rewards, and unfairly billed many...
The Federal Trade Commission will hold a Twitter chat to address a range of issues surrounding disclosures social media influencers must make if they are compensated by -- or have some other material relationship with -- a brand or product they post about. During the chat, Commission staff also...
Every day American consumers report tens of thousands of illegal robocalls to the Federal Trade Commission, and now the FTC is helping put that information to work boosting industry efforts to stop unwanted calls before they reach consumers.
The Federal Trade Commission announced that a mobile app developed by a New Hampshire software developer was awarded the top prize in the agency’s competition seeking tools to help consumers protect the security of their Internet of Things (IoT) devices.The FTC launched the contest in January to...
As part of its ongoing efforts to help businesses ensure they are taking reasonable steps to protect and secure consumer data, the Federal Trade Commission is publishing a series of blog posts using hypothetical examples based on lessons from closed investigations, FTC law enforcement actions, and...
The Federal Trade Commission is hosting small business owners in a series of public roundtables across the United States to discuss the most pressing challenges small businesses face in protecting the security of their computers and networks.
Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen has appointed Neil Alan Chilson as the agency’s acting Chief Technologist.Chilson will be primarily responsible for advising Chairman Ohlhausen and the Commission on technology matters, including the FTC’s use of technology, technical...
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission has submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting that agency’s proposal to restore FTC jurisdiction related to broadband Internet access services.
As part of Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen’s regulatory reform initiative, the FTC is taking steps to ensure that its rules and guides keep pace with technological advances in the marketplace while continuing the agency’s mission to protect consumers and promote...
At the direction of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, the Federal Trade Commission has launched a new website – ftc.gov/SmallBusiness – with articles, videos, and other information aimed at helping small business owners avoid scams and protect their computers and networks from cyberattacks and...
Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement of a process to reverse the FCC’s 2015 decision to treat broadband Internet access service as a Title II common carrier service:
The Federal Trade Commission has extended the deadline until May 1 for the public to submit comments on topics that should be examined as part of a June 28, 2017 workshop on the consumer privacy and security issues posed by automated and connected motor vehicles.
After reviewing numerous Instagram posts by celebrities, athletes, and other influencers, Federal Trade Commission staff recently sent out more than 90 letters reminding influencers and marketers that influencers should clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationshi
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on proposed changes to TRUSTe’s safe harbor program under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
Think consumers are the only ones harmed by phishing scams? It’s not just a problem for computer users but also for the businesses that the scammers are impersonating. And people who have been scammed may look to the business that was impersonated for help.

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