Legal Resources

Roundtable Discussion on Phishing Education: A Staff Report by the Federal Trade Commission

July 14, 2008

Workshop focused on revitalizing consumer and business education on phishing, which uses deceptive spam that appears to be coming from legitimate, well-known sources to trick consumers into divulging sensitive or personal information.

National Do Not Call Registry Annual Report - 2007

July 10, 2008

Annual report to Congress from the FTC providing an overview of the operation of the National Do-Not-Call Registry, which provides consumers with an effective means to limit unwanted telemarketing calls.

Alcohol Report - 2008

June 26, 2008

2008 FTC alcohol report about the effectiveness of the alcohol industry's voluntary guidelines for advertising and marketing to underage audiences.
 

Beyond Voice: Mapping the Mobile Marketplace

May 6, 2008

Town Hall exploring the evolving mobile commerce (Mcommerce) marketplace and its implications for consumer protection policy. This meeting built on a 2006 hearing which examined technological and business developments expected to shape consumers' experiences over the next ten years.

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act - 2007 Report

May 5, 2008

Report to Congress from the Department of Justice, Department of Education, and the FTC to provide an update of their activities to combat financial aid fraud and an assessment of the nature and quantity of financial aid fraud during the previous year.

Green Packaging Claims

April 30, 2008

Workshop that examined developments in green packaging claims and consumer perception of such claims. This workshop is one component of the Commission's regulatory review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

Protecting Consumers In The Next Tech-ade Report

March 28, 2008

Staff report highlighting the challenges of consumer protection in the face of emerging and evolving technologies in the next ten years.

Carbon Offsets & Renewable Energy Certificates

January 8, 2008

Workshop examining the emerging market for carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates, and related advertising claims. This workshop is one component of the Commission's regulatory review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

Ehavioral Advertising: Tracking, Targeting, and Technology

November 1, 2007

Town Hall on consumer protection issues raised by the practice of tracking consumers' activities online to target advertising. This meeting built on a 2006 hearing which examined technological and business developments expected to shape consumers' experiences over the next ten years.

Consumer Fraud in the United States: The Second FTC Survey

October 29, 2007

Report about 2005 survey of fraud in the United States showing that 30.2 million adults – 13.5 percent of the adult population – were victims of fraud.

Weighing In: A Check-Up on Marketing, Self-Regulation, & Childhood Obesity

July 18, 2007

The FTC and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly sponsored a forum allowing members of the food and media industries and self-regulatory groups to report on their progress in implementing initiatives addressing food and beverage marketing to children.

Spam Summit: The Next Generation of Threats and Solutions

July 11, 2007

Event that convened experts from the business, government, and technology sectors, consumer advocates, and academics to explore consumer protection issues surrounding spam, phishing, and malware.

Children's Exposure to Television Advertising in 1977 and 2004: Information for the Obesity Debate

June 1, 2007

Report looks at television ad exposure for children in the year 2004 and compares it to similar research from 1977.

The Rebate Debate

April 27, 2007

Workshop that provided an opportunity to discuss consumers' perspectives on rebates and challenges businesses face when they offer rebates. Explored "best practices" in the offering and fulfillment of rebates.

Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children: A Fifth Follow-Up Review of Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries

April 12, 2007

Fifth follow-up report to a 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."

Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy

February 13, 2007

Workshop on issues raised by legal and regulatory determinations that providers of certain broadband Internet services are not subject to the FCC's common carrier regulations. Discussion addressed the potential effects of network neutrality regulation on innovation and competition.

Negative Option Marketing

January 25, 2007

Workshop to analyze the marketing of goods and services through offers with negative option features. The workshop addressed the pros and cons of such offers, discussed online marketing of such offers, and explored ways to make effective disclosures when such offers are made online.

Protecting Consumers in the Next Tech-ade

November 6, 2006

Hearings exploring how convergence and globalization of commerce impact consumer protection, examining changes that have occurred in marketing and technology over the past decade, and discussing challenges and opportunities for consumers, businesses, and governmental bodies.

New York Hispanic Fraud Prevention Forum

September 27, 2006

Forum focused on the nature and extent of consumer fraud in the Hispanic community and developing law enforcement and consumer education strategies for addressing these problems.

National Do Not Call Registry Annual Report - 2005

July 21, 2006

Annual report to Congress from the FTC providing an overview of the operation of the National Do-Not-Call Registry in FY 2005.