Federal Trade Commission

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... more +
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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Disclosure At The Mobile Check-Out: The FTC's View On Mobile Shopping Apps

In its August 1st report entitled "What's the Deal — An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps," the FTC provides guidance on various disclosures that should be made by mobile apps along with reinforcing a number of prior...more

Be Careful What You Promise in Your Company’s Privacy Policy!

When you or your clients are updating a privacy policy to provide a carveback for this type of M&A scenario, you should also check to be certain that the existing cyber/privacy insurance policy contains coverage for a...more

Consumer Protection Organization Petitions FTC To Enforce U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework

On August 14, the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) announced that it filed a complaint with the FTC claiming that 30 U.S. companies are compiling, using, and sharing EU consumers’ personal information without their...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #7

..Better shop around. In connection with a new staff report, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) examined 121 popular apps used to comparison shop, find online deals and pay with mobile devices; the FTC concluded that many of...more

$3.5 Million Cactus Juice Settlement Should be a Warning to Advertisers

In this health-conscious age, consumers are always on the lookout for new products which will improve wellness and quality of life. Marketers attuned to this trend may be tempted to increase sales by extolling the virtues of...more

FTC Reports Mobile Shopping App Consumer Disclosures Are Insufficient

On August 1, the FTC released a staff report on the agency’s review of shopping apps—those used for comparison shopping, to collect and redeem deals and discounts, and to complete in-store purchases. ...more

FTC Settles with Two Debt Collectors over Alleged FDCPA and FTC Act Violations

The debt collection industry continues to be a major focus of the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement efforts, as shown by the agency’s decision to simultaneously announce two settlements last week with Tennessee and New...more

FTC Undertakes Period Rule Review of Telemarketing Sales Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published in the Federal Register a Request for Comments on all aspects of its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) as part of a routine review of the effectiveness, costs and benefits of its...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Comments Requested on Price Fixing Penalty Revisions, FTC Settles Section 5 Claim Against...

Sentencing Commission Requests and Receives Comments on Price Fixing Penalty Revisions - The U.S. Sentencing Commission is currently seeking public comments on sentencing for price fixing, bid rigging and market...more

For goodness sake! Taking cause-related marketing rules to heart

Whether it’s an organization that is close to the CEO’s heart, a response to a local tragedy, or a PR move to distract from some unpleasant news, there are times when extending a helping hand can also help a company’s bottom...more

Privacy and Information Security Alert: Federal Trade Commission Recommendations for Companies Providing Mobile Shopping...

On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report entitled What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps (the FTC Report). The FTC Report is based on a study the FTC conducted (the FTC Study) to...more

The Origin and Operation of the Famous 70% Rule Explained

The 70% rule derives from the 1979 FTC Amway decision in which an administrative law judge recognized that Amway’s 70% rule helped prevent inventory loading (it is not a retailing rule). Basically, the Amway rule provided: at...more

New COPPA Safe Harbor Added By iKeepSafe

Last week, the FTC announced approval of a new Safe Harbor Program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), called iKeepSafe. The program was created by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a nonprofit...more

Data Mining & Privacy: Who’s Watching Them Watch You?

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission issued a detailed report that summarized extensive data collection efforts that it uncovered in its study of the data brokerage industry. The FTC recommended that Congress require the...more

Advertising News & Analysis - August 2014

In this issue: - Venable Announces 2014 Intellectual Property Symposium - Eric Berman's Arrival at Venable Adds Depth to Advertising, Antitrust Practices - FTC Approves iKeepSafe COPPA Safe Harbor...more

From Russia With Love: ‘Do svidaniya’ Peace Of Mind, Hello Information Security Training

So, this is rather embarrassing to admit, but I am one of those people that knows exactly what to do when your personal information is stolen. It’s not embarrassing that I know what to do. It’s embarrassing why I know what to...more

COPPA’s “Safe Harbor” Grows with FTC’s Approval of iKeepSafe’s Self-Regulating Framework

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it approved iKeepSafe’s Safe Harbor Program application, allowing the company’s self-regulating framework to serve as a safe harbor under the Children’s Online Privacy...more

FTC v. Actavis, Inc. (In re Androgel Antitrust Litigation (II) (N.D. Ga.)

In FTC v. Actavis, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 2223 (2013), the Supreme Court reversed and remanded to the district court to apply a rule of reason analysis to defendants’ reverse payment settlement. On remand, defendants Solvay and...more

Advertising Law - August 2014

FTC Sues “Yellow Pages” Scammers - In three new complaints filed in Florida and Washington federal courts, the Federal Trade Commission requested a halt to the operations of Canada-based telemarketers that scammed...more

Lender Violated EFTA Prohibition on Conditioning Loans on Electronic Payments, Calif. Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled that a lender violated the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) prohibition on “condition[ing] the extension of credit” on a borrower’s repayment “by means of preauthorized electronic...more

FTC Examines Pre-Download Consumer Disclosures of Mobile Shopping Applications; Makes Recommendations Applicable to All Consumer...

Continuing its examination of consumer protection issues in the mobile payments sphere, on August 1, 2014, the FTC released a staff report examining the pre-download disclosures of mobile shopping applications to evaluate the...more

New York AG, FTC Bring Major Action against Debt Collection Operation

The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a joint debt collection enforcement action that had been filed in June in federal court in Buffalo, New York, against several corporations...more

Social Media Start-Up Capital: Don't Try a Ponzi Scheme

You’ve got the perfect idea for a social media site, but how do you attract a critical mass of members to launch it? Your credit cards are maxed out and your friends and family are tapped too. Can you attract members by...more

Two UPC Resellers Settle FTC Invitation to Collude Investigation

On July 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission accepted, subject to final approval, settlements with InstantUPCCodes.com (“Instant”) and Nationwide Barcode (“Nationwide”), two of the leading barcode resellers, and their...more

CFPB, FTC, And State Authorities Coordinate Action Against Foreclosure Relief Companies

On July 23, the CFPB, the FTC, and 15 state authorities coordinated to take action against foreclosure relief companies and associated individuals alleged to have employed deceptive marketing tactics to obtain business from...more

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