Legal Resources

NetCetera: OnGuardOnline.gov's Internet Safety Campaign for Children: A Report to Congress

March 31, 2010

Report to Congress about efforts to get the word out about Internet safety for children by aggressively promoting a new booklet, Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online, to schools, police and sheriff’s departments, and PTAs nationwide.

Exploring Privacy: A Roundtable Series

March 17, 2010

A series of roundtables exploring the privacy challenges posed by technologies and business practices that collect and use consumer data. Discussion included how best to protect consumer privacy while supporting beneficial uses of the information and technological innovation.

Report on Effect of Credit-Based Insurance Scores

March 9, 2010

Study conducted by the FTC and the Federal Reserve Board regarding automobile and homeowners insurance and whether credit scores and credit-based insurance scores affect the availability and affordability of consumer credit.

Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the Federal Reserve Board - 2007

March 8, 2010

Annual report to the Federal Reserve Board on FTC enforcement activities in 2007 related to the Truth in Lending Act, Consumer Leasing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the Federal Reserve Board - 2009

January 21, 2010

Annual report to the Federal Reserve Board on FTC enforcement activities in 2009 related to the Truth in Lending Act, Consumer Leasing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

Fraud Forum Report

December 29, 2009

Staff report that examines more effective ways to protect consumers from fraudulent schemes and focus the collective knowledge and experience of forum participants to fight fraud.

U.S. SAFE WEB Act: The First Three Years

December 15, 2009

Report to Congress examining how the agency has used the expanded law enforcement authority Congress provided in the U.S. SAFE WEB Act to protect American consumers since the Act was signed into law on December 22, 2006.

Sizing Up Food Marketing and Childhood Obesity

December 15, 2009

Forum addressed the food and entertainment industries’ progress toward self-regulation, research on the impact of food advertising on children, and the statutory and constitutional issues surrounding governmental regulation of food marketing.

Virtual Worlds and Kids:  Mapping the Risks

December 10, 2009

Report examines the incidence of sexually and violently explicit content in online virtual worlds. Urges operators of virtual worlds to take a number of steps to keep explicit content away from children and teens, and recommends that parents familiarize themselves with the virtual worlds their kids visit.

Protecting Consumers in Debt Collection Litigation and Arbitration: A Roundtable Discussion

December 4, 2009

Series of roundtables to examine consumer protection issues in debt collection proceedings against consumers.

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

December 3, 2009

Sixth 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."

Public Forum on Debt Relief Amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule

November 4, 2009

Forum about proposed debt relief amendments to the Commission’s Telemarketing Sales Rule that sought to combat deceptive and abusive telemarketing of debt relief services that claim to reduce consumer credit card debt and other unsecured debt.

Cigarette Sales and Marketing Expenditures Report - 2006

August 12, 2009

Report on cigarette sales, advertising, and promotion covering 2006.

Smokeless Tobacco Sales and Marketing Expenditures Report - 2006

August 12, 2009

Report on smokeless tobacco sales, advertising, and promotion covering 2006.

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act Report - 2009

June 2, 2009

Eighth annual report from the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education describing efforts to combat scholarship and financial aid fraud in 2008.

Business Opportunity Rule Workshop

June 1, 2009

Workshop explored proposed changes to the Business Opportunity Rule, including issues relating to the effectiveness of a proposed one-page Business Opportunities Disclosure Form that sellers of business opportunities would be required to provide to prospective purchasers.

Best Practices for Business: Protecting Personal Information and Fighting Fraud with the Red Flags Rule

April 29, 2009

Series of workshops that focused on how businesses can better secure personal information, implement best practices for developing an appropriate data security program, and respond to data breaches and other privacy and security threats.

Beyond Voice: Mapping the Mobile Marketplace Report

April 1, 2009

Report from May 2008 town hall meeting about issues arising in the mobile commerce marketplace.

Digital Rights Management

March 25, 2009

Conference on the use of digital rights management—technologies typically used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, and copyright holders to attempt to control how consumers access and use media and entertainment content—and how to improve disclosure about DRM limitations.

Securing Personal Data in the Global Economy

March 16, 2009

Conference hosted by the FTC in conjunction with APEC and OECD addressing how companies can manage personal data-security issues in a global information environment where data can be stored and accessed from multiple jurisdictions.