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.
Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 2008 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.
Following up on an October 2007 workshop, an FTC report recommending that the debt collection legal system be reformed and modernized to reflect changes in consumer debt, the debt collection industry, and technology
Forum to examine how the FTC can more effectively protect consumers from fraudulent schemes.
This report from FTC staff describes the agency’s ongoing examination of online behavioral advertising and sets forth revisions to proposed self-regulatory principles.
A summary of the results of a small-scale study to validate the final set of changes to the prototype privacy notice.
Annual report to the Federal Reserve Board on FTC enforcement activities in 2008 related to the Truth in Lending Act, Consumer Leasing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Electronic Fund Transfer Act.
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.
Report to Congress on system for receiving complaints from consumers about possible violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act by nationwide consumer reporting agencies. Covers period from initiation of program in 2004 through 2007.
Interim report about the accuracy and completeness of information in consumers’ credit reports and methods for improving the accuracy and completeness of such information.
Workshop continued the work of the President's Identity Theft Task Force by exploring the uses of Social Security numbers in the private sector and the role of SSNs in identity theft.
Report to Congress that described the efforts taken by the FTC to ensure the accuracy of the Do Not Call Registry and outlined the newly implemented procedure being used to remove reassigned numbers from the Registry
Workshop exploring the growth of the for-profit debt settlement industry and analyzing how its model is affecting consumers and businesses.
Workshop exploring emerging applications of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and their implications for consumer protection policy.
Report documenting the Identity Theft Task Force’s efforts to implement recommendations of the Strategic Plan, which examined the nature and scope of identity theft and offered a far-reaching series of recommendations to reduce its incidence and impact.
Report to Congress on the food and beverage industry’s marketing to children and adolescents with a focus on industry expenditures, activities, and self-regulation.
Town Hall meeting exploring the growth of contactless payment systems and their 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.
Workshop that examined developments in green building and textiles claims and consumer perception of such claims. This workshop was one component of the Commission's regulatory review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.
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.
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.