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.
2008 FTC alcohol report about the effectiveness of the alcohol industry's voluntary guidelines for advertising and marketing to underage audiences.
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.
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.
Seventh annual report from the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education describing efforts to combat scholarship and financial aid fraud in 2007.
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.
Workshop about the competition and consumer protection issues regarding health care delivery innovations. Discussions focused on limited service clinics, price and quality transparency, and health information technology.
Staff report highlighting the challenges of consumer protection in the face of emerging and evolving technologies in the next ten years.
Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in the preceding year under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.
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.
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 about 2005 identity theft survey showing that 8.3 million American adults, or 3.7 percent of all American adults, were victims of identity theft in 2005.
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.
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.
Workshop to explore changes in the debt collection industry and examine their impact on consumers and businesses, including the effects of technological, economic, and legal changes on the debt collection industry and whether the law has kept pace with the developments.
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.
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.
Improving Consumer Mortgage Disclosures: An Empirical Assessment of Current and Prototype Disclosure FormsJune 13, 2007
Bureau of Economics report presenting the results of a study that found that mortgage disclosure forms fail to convey key mortgage costs and terms to many consumers.
Report looks at television ad exposure for children in the year 2004 and compares it to similar research from 1977.