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Finding it COPPA-cated to draft your comment? You have more time.
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:04:30 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The FTC regularly revisits rules on the books to make sure they’re effective and up to date. Right now the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule is under review. We asked for public comments in July and hosted a workshop on the Future of the COPPA Rule earlier this month.

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Showcase your research at PrivacyCon 2020
Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:36:09 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

How would we describe PrivacyCon 2020? Is it Burning Man without the flames? The New Orleans Jazz Festival – minus the jazz and the festival? The best way to know what PrivacyCon is all about is to mark your calendar for July 21, 2020, and attend the FTC’s fifth annual gathering of leading privacy researchers. And check out our Call for Presentations to see if PrivacyCon would be a good forum for your recent research.

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SMB Cybersecurity Survey: It’s yours for the taking
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:30:05 -0400 - By Lisa Weintraub Schifferle

Wondering what small and midsize businesses (SMBs) think about cybersecurity? Or maybe you work for a small or midsize business that would like to tell someone what you think. Here’s your chance. The Information Technology Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just released a voluntary survey about SMB cybersecurity practices – and they asked us to help get the word out.

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Watch the COPPA workshop via webcast
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 08:14:16 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

What’s the future of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule? That’s the subject of today’s FTC workshop. If you’re COPPA-conscious, watch the webcast. The link will go live moments before the 9:00 ET start time.
 

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FTC settlement ends AdvoCare’s alleged pyramid scheme and bans defendants from multi-level marketing
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 11:31:52 -0400 - By Seena Gressin

A savvy business person always wants to know the shape of things to come. We won’t make predictions but, based on the FTC’s case against multi-level marketer AdvoCare International, we will say this: Don’t bet on a business model that looks like a pyramid.

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Future of the COPPA Rule: What’s on the agenda
Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:46:39 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Technology changes at the speed of light, but the touchstone of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule remains constant. When it comes to the collection of their kids’ personal information online, parents are in charge. But how does that principle apply in technologies not originally anticipated by the COPPA Rule?

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Watch the FTC Made in the USA webcast
Thu, 26 Sep 2019 07:39:35 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

How do consumers interpret “Made in the USA” and other U.S.-origin claims? What can the FTC do to improve its enforcement program? Those are just two of the topics on the table at today’s Made in the USA workshop. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith will start the discussion at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. It promises to be a fast-paced, content-packed half-day event. Minutes before the start time, you can watch the webcast live from the workshop webpage.

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A date with deception? FTC sues Match.com for misleading and unfair practices
Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:39:00 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

“He just emailed you! You caught his eye and now he’s expressed interest in you... Could he be the one?”

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Fear factor?
Tue, 24 Sep 2019 11:24:04 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

You’ve probably seen them on TV: announcements with prominent warnings about FDA actions involving certain prescription drugs or medical devices. But they aren’t official health and safety recalls or alerts from the Food and Drug Administration. They’re something else – and FTC staff has sent letters to some of the people involved.

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FTC-CFPB workshop looks at accuracy in credit and background screening reports
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:10:46 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

When consumers apply for credit, housing, or employment, consumer reports are often used to help decide whether they can get that loan, apartment, or job. With so much at stake, the accuracy of those reports is of the utmost importance. On December 10, 2019, the FTC and CFPB will host a workshop to discuss issues related to the accuracy of traditional credit reports and background screening reports used by prospective employers and landlords.

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