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.
Sponsored content is showing no signs of slowing down but consumers' acceptance of it certainly could. If you take the necessary measures to follow legal guidelines while still allowing influencers to show their true selves in their content, both consumers and the FTC will be satisfied.
Wherever you are on the income scale, there's always a way to be generous to others in need without damaging your own budget. Generally, if money is tight, give your time. And if both time and money are tight, you can get creative. Consider these steps first.
"Don't be evil" was famously created at Google's founding by an engineer who wanted something so bold that it would be impossible for the company to back away from it. But it has haunted Google ever since.
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.
In the for-profit college field, it appears that what works are preppy-sounding family or village names, evoking Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Amherst -- in other words, evoking exclusivity, nurturing, tradition, success, power.
Millions of Americans on the National Do Not Call Registry (donotcall.gov) complain they still receive unwanted calls from robocallers. Why? Because most robocalls are scams run by con artists who are only trying to trick you out of your money, and they simply ignore the law.
Who owns data? How should data privacy be defined and protected? And what is the potential for regulation to support or impede the growth of digital data businesses? Those were among the tough questions panelists grappled with at the Techonomy Policy 2015 event last week.
Even a magic golden plunger is no match for "flushable" wet wipes. Plungers long ago gave way to workers wielding pitchforks in the battle against sewers filled with giant, clinging balls of waste known as used wet wipes. And we are paying the price.
As the FTC takes a look at the sharing economy, they need to think through what it would mean for our broader economy, and they need to think about the danger of creating the Wild, Wild West in certain marketplaces.
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.