Legal Resources

Ad It Up! Kids in a Commercial World

March 12, 2009

Forum that gathered input for the FTC’s education program on advertising literacy, focusing on what children experience in the commercial world, what they understand about their experiences, and what consumer education efforts will help kids navigate in this world.

Fraud Forum

February 25, 2009

Forum to examine how the FTC can more effectively protect consumers from fraudulent schemes.

Negative Option Marketing Report

January 1, 2009

Report presenting five marketing principles for avoiding deception in negative option offers on the Internet, which poses unique issues not present in print or telephone marketing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top Etailers' Compliance With CAN-SPAM's Opt-Out Provisions

August 1, 2005

Report on top e-tailers compliance with CAN-SPAM's opt-out provisions determined that 89 percent are honoring requests to halt future mailings.

CAN-SPAM Act Report - 2005

June 17, 2005

2005 CAN-SPAM Act report to Congress.

US SAFE WEB Act: Protecting Consumers from Spam, Spyware, and Fraud

June 1, 2005

Legislative recommendation to Congress regarding the US SAFE WEB Act.

Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology: Consumer Protection and Competition Issues

December 15, 2004

Workshop to assess the impact of peer-to-peer file-sharing technology on consumers and businesses.

Email Authentication Summit

November 19, 2004

Summit hosted by the FTC and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology that provided a forum for discussion of the market's development, testing, evaluation, and deployment of domain-level authentication systems.

CAN-SPAM Informant Reward System

September 16, 2004

Report assessing whether and how a system that rewards members of the public for tracking down spammers would or could help improve enforcement of the CAN-SPAM Act.

National Do Not Email Registry Report

June 15, 2004

Report to Congress in response to CAN-SPAM Act requiring the establishment of a National Do Not Email Registry.