Workshop to explore the consumer protection ramifications of blending advertisements with news, entertainment, and other content in digital media, often called "native advertising" or "sponsored content"
Workshop to explore the privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of consumer devices, including cars, appliances, and medical devices
A public forum to address malware, viruses and similar threats facing users of smartphones and other mobile technologies
Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule: A Staff Report on Recommendations to the Commission On Proposed AmendmentsApril 29, 2013
A staff report on proposed amendments to the Mail Order Rule
Undercover mystery shopper survey follow-up to September 2000 Report, "Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children: A Review of Self-Regulation and Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries"
Report analyzing consumer complaints received by the FTC in 2012, including a list of the Top 10 Consumer Complaints and complaint data by state and metropolitan area
FTC staff report recommending ways that key players in the mobile marketplace, including mobile platforms, developers, advertising networks, analytics companies, and trade associations, can better inform consumers about their data practices.
Results of a comprehensive study of food and beverage industry marketing expenditures and activities directed to children and teens
A follow-up report by FTC staff outlining the results of a 2012 survey about disclosures in mobile apps for children; discussing the operation of in-app interactive features; and urging industry to take steps so that parents have easier access to the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it's being shared, and who will have access to it
An FTC workshop to explore the consumer privacy implications of comprehensive online data collection
An FTC forum focusing on how government entities, businesses, consumer groups, and others are developing and administering voluntary procedures to protect consumers in cross-border commerce
A one-day public event to address the rapid rise in illegal robocalls, including a report on the current state of robocall technology, law enforcement issues, and an exploration of potential technological solutions
Following up on the FTC's 2000 "Dot Com Disclosures" publication, a national workshop to consider the need for new guidance concerning effecting advertising and privacy disclosures in online and mobile environments
FTC workshop to examine the economic implications of drip pricing, the practice of advertising only part of a product’s price and reveal other charges later as the customer goes through the buying process
FTC workshop to examine the use of mobile payments in the marketplace and how this emerging technology impacts consumers
Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations for Businesses and PolicymakersMarch 26, 2012
FTC report calling for privacy by design, simplified choices for businesses and consumers, and greater transparency about information collection and use
Report listing the top consumer complaints received by the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Database in 2011
FTC staff report featuring the results of a survey of mobile apps for children and concluding that app stores and app developers don’t provide parents with the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it’s being shared, or who will have access to it.
Forum on how the government, businesses, and organizations can work together to prevent consumers from being victimized by unauthorized third-party charges on their telephone bills, a practice known as “cramming"
"Congratulations, You’re a Winner!": Lottery, Prize, and Sweepstakes Scams and the Role of Money Transfer ServicesMay 2, 2011
A public workshop to examine strategies for protecting consumers from lottery, prize, and sweepstakes scams, and other forms of fraud that use money transfers as the method of payment.