Legal Resources

Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising Staff Report and Proposed Revised Trade Regulation Rule

August 1, 2004

Staff analysis of the rule amendment record and its recommendations as to the form of the final revised Franchise Rule.

Effectiveness of "Opt-Out" Disclosures In Pre-Screened Credit Card Offers: A Report Submitted to the Commission

July 27, 2004

An FTC-commissioned consumer study which shows that opt-out notices that would be required by the proposed rule are significantly more effective than notices currently used to notify consumers of their opt-out right.

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

July 8, 2004

Fourth 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."

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Annual Report - 2004

July 2, 2004

Report to Congress on the Comission's enforcement actions against companies that engage in pretexting – the practice of obtaining financial information from consumers under false pretenses.

Radio Frequency IDentification: Applications and Implications for Consumers

June 21, 2004

Workshop exploring both current and anticipated uses of radio frequency identification (RFID) as well as the associated consumer privacy and security concerns.

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.

Hispanic Outreach & Law Enforcement Workshop

May 12, 2004

Workshops hosted by the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime on strategies for effective and high impact education and enforcement to protect Hispanic consumers from fraud.

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act Report - 2004

May 3, 2004

Third annual report from the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education describing efforts to combat scholarship and financial aid fraud in 2003.

Monitoring Software on Your PC: Spyware, Adware and Other Software

April 19, 2004

Workshop exploring the issues associated with software that, without the consumer’s knowledge, aids in gathering information about a person or organization or asserts control over a computer.

Possible Anticompetitive Barriers to E-Commerce: Contact Lenses

March 29, 2004

Report that examines possible anticompetitive barriers to e-commerce in the contact lens market.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report - 2004

March 23, 2004

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 2003 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

Effect of Mortgage Broker Compensation Disclosures on Consumers and Competition: A Controlled Experiment

February 27, 2004

Report presents the results of a study that examines the mortgage broker compensation disclosure proposed by HUD, as well as two alternative versions.

Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the Federal Reserve Board - 2003

December 29, 2003

Annual report to the Federal Reserve Board on FTC enforcement activities in 2003 related to the Truth in Lending Act, Consumer Leasing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

Marketing Violent Entertainment To Children: A Workshop on Industry Self-Regulation

October 29, 2003

Workshop to examine issues relating to the marketing of violent entertainment to children. The workshop discussed the state of self-regulation in the entertainment industry and children’s access to products rated as potentially inappropriate or labeled with a parental advisory.

The Effect of Consumer Testimonials and Disclosures of Ad Communication for a Dietary Supplement

September 29, 2003

Report of a study evaluating consumer perception of testimonials and disclosures

Regulatory Coordination in Federal Telemarketing Laws

September 9, 2003

Report on regulatory coordination in federal telemarketing laws.

Alcohol Report - 2003

September 9, 2003

2003 FTC alcohol report on the impact on underage consumers of ads for flavored malt beverages, and follow-up on industry self regulation efforts recommended in 1999 report.

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Program

September 3, 2003

Overview of the FTC's identity theft program from October 1998 - September 2003.

Possible Anticompetitive Barriers to E-Commerce: Wine

July 3, 2003

Report on direct shipment of wine to consumers.

Costs and Benefits Related To the Collection and Use of Consumer Information

June 18, 2003

Workshop examining the costs and benefits to consumers and businesses of the collection and use of consumer information.