Legal Resources

Technologies for Protecting Personal Information: The Consumer Experience

May 14, 2003

Workshops focused on the role technology plays for consumers and businesses in protecting personal information, scanning Web sites for vulnerabilities, and encoding privacy restrictions directly into stored data. Discussion included whether these products reflect consumers’ needs.

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act Report - 2003

May 5, 2003

Second annual report from the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education describing efforts to combat scholarship and financial aid fraud in 2002.

False Claims in Spam

April 30, 2003

Staff report on the results of a review of 1,000 spam messages and the likely truth or falsity of claims contained in the messages.

Spam Forum

April 30, 2003

Forum exploring issues related to the proliferation of and potential solutions to spam. The forum looked at how the unique qualities of spam contribute to and hinder both fraud and its prosecution.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report - 2003

April 11, 2003

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 2002 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Annual Report - 2003

April 2, 2003

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.

Public/Private Partnerships to Combat Cross-Border Fraud

February 19, 2003

Workshop on building public/private partnerships to fight cross-border fraud against consumers. Explored how the private and public sectors can work together to fight cross-border fraud operators; legal constraints on cooperation; and recommendations to combat cross-border fraud.

Deception in Weight Loss Advertising

November 19, 2002

Workshop following up on the issuance of the FTC staff report, Weight-Loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends that explored alternate approaches to reducing deceptive claims in advertising for weight-loss products.

Weight Loss Advertising: An Analysis of Current Trends

September 17, 2002

Report concludes that false or misleading claims, such as exaggerated weight loss without diet or exercise, are widespread in ads for weight-loss products, and appear to have increased over the last decade.

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

June 28, 2002

Third 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."

Consumer Information Security Workshop

May 20, 2002

Workshop exploring issues related to the security of personal information stored on consumers' computers or by businesses.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Annual Report - 2002

May 3, 2002

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.

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act Report - 2002

May 1, 2002

First annual report from the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education describing efforts to combat scholarship and financial aid fraud in 2001.

Protecting Children’s Privacy Under COPPA: A Survey On Compliance

April 22, 2002

COPPA compliance survey reviewing information collection practices at 144 children's Web sites.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report - 2002

February 12, 2002

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 2001 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

Mobile Wireless Web, Data Services and Beyond: Emerging Technologies and Consumer Issues Report

January 3, 2002

Summary report from workshop examining emerging wireless Internet and data technologies and the privacy, security, and consumer protection issues they raise.

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

December 5, 2001

Second 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."

Get Noticed: Effective Financial Privacy Notices - An Interagency Public Workshop

December 4, 2001

Workshop about Gramm Leach Bliley Act privacy notices. Focused on identifying successful notices, strategies for communicating complex information, industry self-regulatory efforts and consumer and business education.

Smokeless Tobacco Sales and Marketing Expenditures Report - 1998 and 1999

September 9, 2001

Report discusses the status of the Commission's regulations implementing the Smokeless Tobacco Act and statisitcal tables on smokeless tobacco sales, advertising, and promotion in 1998 and 1999.

ESIGN (Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce) Act Report

June 27, 2001

Joint report from the FTC and the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration regarding the benefits and burdens of the "reasonable demonstration" requirement of the consumer consent provision contained in the recently enacted Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN).