Legal Resources

Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content? An FTC Workshop on Native Advertising

December 4, 2013

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"

Internet of Things Workshop

November 19, 2013

Workshop to explore the privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of consumer devices, including cars, appliances, and medical devices

Mobile Security: Potential Threats and Solutions

June 3, 2013

A public forum to address malware, viruses and similar threats facing users of smartphones and other mobile technologies

Mystery Shopper Survey on Entertainment Ratings Enforcement (2013)

March 24, 2013

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"

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book (2012)

February 26, 2013

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

Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency

February 1, 2013

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.

A Review of Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents: Follow-Up Report

December 21, 2012

Results of a comprehensive study of food and beverage industry marketing expenditures and activities directed to children and teens

Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade

December 10, 2012

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

The Big Picture: Comprehensive Online Data Collection

December 6, 2012

An FTC workshop to explore the consumer privacy implications of comprehensive online data collection

Enforceable Codes of Conduct: Protecting Consumers Across Borders

November 29, 2012

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

Robocalls: All the Rage (Robocall Summit)

October 17, 2012

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

In Short: Advertising & Privacy Disclosures in a Digital World

May 29, 2012

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

Drip Pricing

May 20, 2012

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

Paper, Plastic . . . or Mobile

April 25, 2012

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 Policymakers

March 25, 2012

FTC report calling for privacy by design, simplified choices for businesses and consumers, and greater transparency about information collection and use

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book (2011)

February 28, 2012

Report listing the top consumer complaints received by the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Database in 2011

Mobile Apps for Kids: Current Privacy Disclosures Are Disappointing

February 21, 2012

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 Unauthorized Third-Party Charges on Telephone Bills (Cramming)

May 11, 2011

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 Services

May 1, 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.