iOS app Android app

Federal Trade Commission

Identity Thieves Target Kids as Well as Adults

Jason Alderman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology
Jason Alderman

Most commonly, thieves will harvest kids' dormant Social Security numbers and use them to illegally obtain jobs or open fraudulent bank and credit accounts. Many victims don't realize there's a problem until years later, when they are turned down because of the poor credit history someone else racked up in their name.

Savvy Shopping with Your Smartphone

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 08.20.2014 | Technology
Terrell McSweeny

Sometimes it seems like there's an app for everything. While these are often useful innovations, it is important to remember that not all of them are providing protections if something goes wrong with your purchase.

To Boost Clean Cars and Fight Global Warming, Let's See Ads That Reflect Mileage Reality

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The ads tell consumers only part of the gas mileage story, sowing confusion about which cars are clean and which are not -- and leaving buyers at risk of driving off in vehicles that get worse mileage than they expected.

Don't Fall Prey to Medical Identity Theft

Jason Alderman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

Besides its high cost (an estimated 1.8 million victims paid more than $12 billion in related expenses in 2013), medical ID theft can have deadly consequences as well.

What's This Charge? How to Protect Yourself From Cramming

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Terrell McSweeny

Many of us -- myself included -- carry our mobile phones with us everywhere. But even as we have become so reliant on mobile phones, most of us don't pay close attention to our phone bills. And if you aren't reading your bill, it could really cost you.

8 Companies That Sold You Lies

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business

If you haven't heard already, those ridiculous-looking “barefoot running shoes” that have been pretty trendy the past couple of years yield pretty...

Snapchat's Big Lie to Americans

Mark Weinstein | Posted 07.12.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Which is worse: pursuing a scorched earth policy towards online privacy while claiming to "do no evil" or blatantly lying about yourself as an important online privacy application? I would vote for the latter.

Feds Slam States' Anti-Tesla Rules

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business

(Adds Tesla comment, updates share price) By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) - In an unusual move, three top...

Truth In Advertising and Misleading a Generation

Maryam Zar | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Maryam Zar

"Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican d...

FTC Hits Data Brokers For Bad Reports, False Sex Offender Claims

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's tough enough landing a job these days. So imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly ident...

FTC Continues Crackdown on Misleading Endorsements

Allison Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.14.2014 | Media
Allison Fitzpatrick

The FTC's latest settlement should serve as reminder to all marketers that they need to ensure that their spokespersons are disclosing their material connections when endorsing the marketer's products in non-traditional media, such as talk shows, blogs and websites.

Hanging Up on Robocalls

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Chris Meyer

Do you feel like you're getting bombarded with robocalls -- those annoying, prerecorded calls from telemarketers?

Gifts, Social Media and Online Privacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Technology
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Raise your hand if you have ever purchased the wrong gift. The $60 billion annually spent in the United States on unwanted presents is a frustrating problem that can be solved, Fligoo CEO and startup co-founder Lucas Olmedo says.

FTC Investigates Western Union For Fraud

Reuters | Posted 04.26.2014 | Business

Feb 25 (Reuters) - Money-transfer company Western Union Co is being probed by the Federal Trade Commission and a U.S. district court over fraud-ind...

Don't Fall for Valentine's Day Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

Valentine's Day brings out the best -- and worst -- in human behavior. Our impulse is to be generous and search for the ideal gift. Internet thieves know this and coolly set traps for unsuspecting shoppers. Here are some of the more common Valentine's Day scams to avoid.

4 Top Weight Loss Scams of the Year (So Far)

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

These are just a sample of the rogues gallery of conmen scheming to pick your pocket. Worse than stealing from you, they keep you from using the real solution to your weight problem while sending you on a goose chase that will leave you feeling hopeless.

Your Kids Just Cost Apple A Bunch Of Money

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their pa...

Christina Wilkie

Snapchat Hires Big Guns On Capitol Hill After Huge Data Breach

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of a massive consumer data breach, the photo messaging app Snapchat hired its first Washington lobbyists last week, accordin...

Inviting Startups to the Privacy Regulation Party

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.02.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

If we have learned anything from past attempts to regulate areas where the technology innovation is moving quickly (copyright), not talking to small businesses and startup operators will eliminate a critical voice in the conversation of how such regulation would be practically implemented.

Do Your Homework Before Buying a Timeshare

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.23.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

I understand the appeal of having a guaranteed vacation home in an area you love and the flexibility many timeshares offer of being able to swap your unit. But I worry that many buyers don't consider all associated costs and mistakenly think timeshares are sound financial investments that will appreciate in value.

Hacking Soap and Diaper Purchases

Christina Gagnier | Posted 02.19.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Rumored yesterday and confirmed this morning, everyman retailer Target has announced that the credit card information for forty million customers was ...

40 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Compromised In Target Breach

Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

Target confirmed Thursday that previous reports about the unauthorized access of customers' credit card data were true. In a press release posted o...

Dear Congress: Don't Take Away the FTC's Best Tool for Fighting Patent Trolls

David Balto | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
David Balto

The criticism of the FTC's use of Section 5 in competition cases seems like a tempest in a teapot. This is not the time to shackle the federal agency best suited to use its enforcement powers to attack patent trolls.

The FTC: a Tough Data Security Cop

David Balto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Balto

In Wyndham and other cases the FTC is going after practices that are grossly at odds with responsible industry standards. However, deception actions should not be the only enforcement tool.

FTC Warns Vets That For-Profit Colleges 'Lie About How Well Their Graduates Fare'

David Halperin | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
David Halperin

The Federal Trade Commission may be ready to get tough with America's for-profit colleges. That makes sense. The business model of many for-profit colleges is built on deception -- if students actually had all the relevant information, they wouldn't enroll.