Federal Trade Commission

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The United States Federal Trade Commission is an independent federal agency established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. The agency is charged with protecting consumers from misleading, fraudulent or deceptive marketing claims, as well as regulating unfair business practices that undermine the competitive marketplace.    less -
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State Regulatory Scheme Offering Antitrust Immunity to Healthcare Collaborations Creates Tension Between Federal and State...

On April 22, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission submitted a public letter to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) expressing “strong concerns” over state regulations offering to provide antitrust immunity to certain...more

Choppy Seas for Companies Falsely Claiming Compliance with U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

Ensuring and maintaining compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor principles should be a priority for U.S. entities receiving personal data relating to EU residents, in no small part to avoid the FTC leveling the charge and...more

Nomi FTC Settlement Highlights Risks of Publicizing Company Privacy Policies

A closely divided Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) has signaled support for the agency’s recent focus on mobile device privacy. On April 23, 2015, the five-member Commission voted 3-2 to accept a proposed...more

Claims about Biodegradable Plastics Breakdown Under FTC Scrutiny: Marketers Beware!

In the recent administrative proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against ECM Biofilms, Inc. (ECM), the FTC’s presiding chief administrative law judge (ALJ) ruled that the plastics additive manufacturer ECM...more

What The Nomi Case Could Mean For Retail Tracking

In law school, everybody learns the adage that hard cases make bad law. When it comes to the Federal Trade Commission, a better aphorism might be, “easy cases make new law.” The FTC’s recent settlement with Nomi Technologies...more

.SUCKS Fights Back against Critics: Is It Enough to Convince Brand Owners to Buy the Domain?

Many brand owners are holding out to see whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or any other government agency in the United States or elsewhere, takes action against Vox Populi Registry Ltd. (Vox Populi) over what some...more

FTC, State Regulators, and Apple Weigh in on RadioShack Customer Data Sale

RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware bankruptcy court in February, seeking a court-supervised sale of $1.2 billion in assets. Included in the sale is a database of customer information from about 1,700...more

Will The FTC Issue Native Advertising Guidelines in 2015?

As we previously reported last year, native advertisements represent an increasingly popular and effective means of promotion for marketers that also presents a major challenge for the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), an...more

There’s No Such Thing As a Free Sample

Social media allows users to effortlessly communicate globally with nothing more than a few keystrokes. Advertisers have harnessed the power of social media bloggers and incorporated it as a key component of their...more

FTC Lobbies Michigan Legislature to Repeal Ban On Direct-to-Consumer Sale of Motor Vehicles by Auto Manufacturers

On May 11, the FTC released a statement regarding the agency staff’s May 7 letter to Michigan Senator Booher, which concerns pending SB 268 – an act to regulate the sale and servicing of automobiles. The proposed legislation...more

In-Store Monitoring: How to Enjoy the Benefits of Tracking While Minimizing Potential Privacy Issues

In the latest example of the conflict between technological innovation and privacy concerns, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement agreement last month with Nomi Technologies, Inc. Nomi is a startup...more

Dealer Advertising: No More Excuses

There are no more excuses. Dealers have seen all the ongoing and very recent announcements from the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) imposing millions of dollars in fines, cease and desist orders, and promises by dealers not...more

Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 2 - May 2015

In This Issue: - Court Protects Anonymity of Yelp Users - FTC Issues Landmark Report on Internet of Things - Who Will Update My Status When I’m Dead?: The Biggest Social Media Platforms’ Policies on...more

FTC Commissioner Says That The FTC’s Data Privacy And Security Enforcement Authority Applies To The “Internet of Things”

In a keynote address at the European Data Protection Days conference on May 4, 2015, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Commissioner Julie Brill said that the FTC has enforcement authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act...more

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t: Why The FTC’s Lack of Privacy Regulations May Lead Some Businesses To Abandon Best Data...

I chose to write my privacy law paper on the FTC and its seemingly limitless enforcement authority. Specifically, I argued that the FTC’s lack of clear regulations makes it difficult, if not impossible, for companies to be...more

Federal Trade Commission Obtains a Near Record-Breaking Disgorgement in a Monopolization Case

On April 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Cardinal Health, Inc. (“Cardinal”), agreed to pay $26.8 million to resolve allegations that it violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act by monopolizing the...more

FTC Ramps Up Scrutiny of Retail Location Analytics

To improve customer experience and understand customers’ movements and interactions on their premises, retailers, hotels and other brick-and-mortar businesses increasingly use signals from mobile devices to observe their...more

National Mortgage Servicer Pays CFPB and FTC $63 Million to Settle Claims Over Alleged Servicing Violations

On April 21, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a joint enforcement action and joint order with a national mortgage servicer. ...more

FTC Actions Highlight Pitfalls for Failing to Comply with the International Safe Harbor Privacy Frameworks

The Federal Trade Commission recently agreed to settle claims against two companies alleging that the companies were not abiding by the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor international privacy framework. While the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor...more

World Password Day 2015!

Yes, today is “World Password Day 2015? (#PasswordDay).  While it may not have the same panache as Cinco de Mayo, a day devoted to passwords still can be useful, especially for those who use terms like “bieber”, “123456”,...more

Advertising Law - May 2015 #2

Data Breach Notification, Cyber Sharing Bills Move Forward - As multiple privacy and data security bills wend their way through the legislative process, three proposals have made significant steps forward. ...more

FTC and DOJ: The PTO’s Efforts to Enhance Patent Quality Will Promote Competition, Innovation and Consumer Welfare

On May 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) submitted public comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) commending the PTO for its efforts to enhance patent...more

Italian Data Privacy Authority’s Public Consultation on the Internet of Things

On April 28, 2015, the Italian Data Privacy Authority (the Authority) launched a public consultation on the Internet of Things aimed at collecting contributions from stakeholders and assessing its potential impact on...more

FTC Says New York’s Medicaid Redesign Program May Promote Anticompetitive Behavior

In an April 22, 2015 letter to the New York State Department of Health (DOH), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cautioned that part of the State’s Medicaid reform program may sanction anticompetitive behavior. The FTC’s...more

Consumer Privacy and Broadband: The Debate Begins

Privacy and data security are high priorities of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to significant enforcement actions against AT&T and TerraCom/YourTel that...more

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