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The Truth About Lying in Political Advertising

Jack Myers | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
Jack Myers

All of us in the advertising and media business should be concerned about the repercussions our industry will most certainly confront as this election...

Staying safe in the wild world of third-party app stores

Sally Greenberg | Posted 11.01.2016 | Technology
Sally Greenberg

Pokémon Go was the smash hit of the summer, with more than 500 million players using their smartphones to chase Pokémon across seemingly every town ...

FTC May Make it Easier for Used Car Dealers to Sell Recalled Cars

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 10.23.2016 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

With the nation so focused on polls these days, I thought this one might be of interest if you drive a car, drive in a car, are ever on the road with ...

The FCC Must Act Now To Protect Our Privacy

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr.

Consumers' concerns about privacy aren't academic -- they can have real consequences on our economy. Studies show that when consumers are concerned about their privacy, they limit their online economic and civic activities.

Consumer Protection is a Top Priority for Solar

Thomas P. Kimbis | Posted 07.18.2016 | Green
Thomas P. Kimbis

In a recent Huffington Post blog, "Protecting Consumers: Making the Solar Industry a Safe and Fair Marketplace," former Arizona Attorney General Terry...

Protecting Consumers: Making the Solar Industry a Safe and Fair Marketplace

Terry Goddard | Posted 07.08.2016 | Green
Terry Goddard

A national look at the consumer protection issues raised by the rapidly growing use of rooftop solar panels just happened, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened a Workshop on this and other solar energy related issues in Washington DC on June 21st.

Reverse Robin Hood: Six Billion Dollar Businesses Preying on Poor People

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Bill Quigley

These businesses target families with incomes below $35,000, and people of color are three times more likely to receive abusive loans than whites. People with blemished credit are often passed over when seeking jobs.

Europe Wants U.S. Companies Like Google To Play By New Privacy Rules

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.29.2016 | Technology

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe sought to plug a gap in a new transatlantic data pact on Monday by urging U.S. firms to allow European Union privacy regul...

Members Of Congress Urge Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics

Four Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the head of the Federal Trade Commission Monday urging the agency to "take all actions possible" ...

Senators Push For More Equipment Oversight To Combat Youth Sports Concussions

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 02.05.2016 | Sports

As Super Bowl week draws more attention to brain injuries in professional sports, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers introduced legislation Thurs...

FTC Chief Downplays How Many Students DeVry Allegedly Defrauded

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business

One of the nation’s most senior regulators charged with protecting consumers publicly downplayed the alleged harm committed by a giant for-profit co...

Federal Trade Commission Sues For-Profit DeVry For Deceiving Students

David Halperin | Posted 01.27.2017 | Business
David Halperin

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today filed a lawsuit against one of the largest for-profit colleges, DeVry University, for allegedly misleading students about job placement rates and salaries for the school's graduates.

Why Internet Platforms Don't Need Special Regulation

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2017 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Lawmakers and regulators lately have come under intense pressure to regulate upstart Internet market platforms as they rapidly transform entire sectors of the economy by providing simple and elegant new ways for buyers and sellers to connect and do business online.

Getting Personal With Big Data

Joel S. Bloom | Posted 10.07.2016 | Technology
Joel S. Bloom

If you're like most people, Big Data may not mean much to you yet. It might even just make your eyes glaze over. Like the cloud or cybersecurity or bioprinting, it's just one more thing you don't have to know about -- until you do.

Building a Fraud-Free Family

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 10.07.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

The Internet has increased the risk of financial fraud for young and old consumers, but thieves still work by phone and mail. Monitor credit data and make sure loved ones know how to keep their financial data safe.

FTC Can Police Cyber Security, Appeals Court Rules

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) -- A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accus...

Latina Entrepreneurs Deserve Strong Advocates, Not False Promises and Deceptive Opportunities

Amy Hinojosa | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Amy Hinojosa

I cannot stand by when a company like Herbalife has the audacity to publicly proclaim they provide opportunities for Latinas -- neglecting to mention that it is under investigation by the SEC, the FTC and multiple state Attorneys General for intentionally targeting and scamming Hispanic customers.

The Perils of Native Advertising

Shannan Adler | Posted 07.31.2016 | Media
Shannan Adler

The Times and most other major publishers take care to label these ads as "paid posts," so as to try to preserve the editorial credibility of the paper and to honor its responsibility to readers. But no one should take much comfort in the (small) fine print.

What to do if Someone Files a False Tax Return in Your Name

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.09.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Few things cause more concern than a letter in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Though the agency sends out letters or notices for many reasons, identity theft is one of the fastest-growing issues for the IRS.

10 Tips to Protect Yourself From Scammers and Safeguard Your Financial Health

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 05.14.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

If you're presented with a document, such as a contract or an agreement, and you don't fully understand it, don't sign it.

Tobacco Marketing Increased to $9.6 Billion in 2012. Efforts to Fight Tobacco Use Must Also Intensify.

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Matthew L. Myers

The Federal Trade Commission's latest reports on tobacco marketing are a timely reminder that the tobacco companies are as relentless as ever in marketing their deadly and addictive products, often in ways that entice kids. The huge sums spent on price discounts are especially troubling, making tobacco products more affordable and appealing to price-sensitive kids.

Scandal of FTC Burying Staff Analysis of Google's Search Advertising Monopoly Power

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

When a company with an overwhelming dominance of search and search adverting is locking rivals out of so much of the marketplace, it seems that the FTC commissioners should at least discuss why this isn't a problem.

The Google Staff Report: March Madness Not Worth Watching

David Balto | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
David Balto

The accidental release of the FTC's unredacted staff report on the Google investigation has caused quite a stir. However, what initially seems like The Sound and the Fury is actually just a tempest in a teapot.

FTC Report Finds Google Engaging In Anticompetitive Tactics: WSJ

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) - Key staff members at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission were in favor of suing Google Inc for violating antitrust rules before the agency s...

15 Years of FTC Failure to Factor Privacy Into Merger Reviews

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

In many cases, companies that previously built their businesses on promises not to collect or share personal data then were absorbed by companies without such commitments, betraying the trust users had placed in the original companies.