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Bee-lieving in the power of partnership
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:57:43 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The state seal of Utah famously depicts a beehive, a symbol of industry and cooperation. Industry and cooperation also have been the hallmarks of the long-standing relationship between the FTC and the Utah Department of Commerce’s Division of Consumer Protection. That’s why we’re proud to announce that the Division is the latest recipient of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Partner Award.

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PrivacyCon’s All-Star line-up
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:02:00 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

In just a few years, the FTC’s PrivacyCon has become an Information All-Star Game, complete with panels as high-flying or power-hitting as the Slam Dunk Contest or Home Run Derby. (OK. High-flying and power-hitting if you’re a researcher, academic, or advocate interested in data security and consumer privacy.) The FTC just announced the agenda for the fourth annual PrivacyCon on June 27, 2019. Consult your calendar and save the date.

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Data security settlement with service provider includes updated order provisions
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:39:19 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The domino principle. The ripple effect. The butterfly phenomenon. Apply the analogy of your choice to describe what happens when one software developer’s allegedly lax security practices result in the breach of confidential customer information maintained by multiple businesses that use the software.

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FTC-FDA warning letters: Influential to influencers and marketers
Fri, 07 Jun 2019 11:59:59 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The FTC and FDA just sent warning letters to four sellers of e-liquids, the nicotine-laced liquid used in vaping. But even if you don’t have clients in that industry, keep reading. The letters have a lot to say about social media marketing and influencers, regardless of the products they pitch.

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Two on the aisle for FTC’s “That’s the Ticket” workshop
Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:40:43 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Humphrey Bogart said it in “The African Queen” and it was a catchphrase popularized by Jon Lovitz on “Saturday Night Live.” But to the FTC, That’s the Ticket is the name of a June 11, 2019, workshop to explore consumer protection issues related to online ticket sales – and the agenda is out now.

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Consumer gag clauses: Totally not awesome under CRFA
Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:29:12 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Moon Unit Zappa’s 1982 song “Valley Girl” popularized the phrase “gag me with a spoon.” We doubt the lyric “gag me with a form contract clause” would have been a hit, but it’s among the tactics expressly outlawed by the Consumer Review Fairness Act. As two proposed settlements demonstrate, the FTC thinks gag clauses and similar non-disparagement provisions that violate the CRFA are – to quote Ms. Zappa – grody to the max.

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Help prepare your workforce for a weather emergency
Thu, 30 May 2019 11:12:12 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

June 1st marks the start of hurricane season, but weather emergencies can happen anytime. The FTC encourages businesses to have a plan in place to safeguard your facilities, products, and data. And we’ve just introduced new resources aimed at helping you protect your workforce.

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FinTech finds a home in the FTC Business Center
Fri, 24 May 2019 11:34:12 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The term “FinTech” covers a lot of topics central to the FTC’s consumer protection mission – lending, payment systems, data security, privacy, and truth in advertising, to name just a few. So where can businesses go for resources on how established consumer protection standards apply in this emerging marketplace? FinTech-related materials have a new home in the Business Center: a dedicated FinTech page.

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Extension mention: New deadline for Safeguards Rule comments
Tue, 21 May 2019 12:27:25 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Racing to finish your comment about proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule by the impending deadline? You can take a breather because the FTC has extended the deadline by 60 days.

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3 tips from 3 FTC Consumer Review Fairness Act cases
Wed, 08 May 2019 10:21:34 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Their lines of work are as different as can be: an HVAC and electrical contractor, a flooring seller, and a company that takes people on horseback rides. But according to the FTC, they have one thing in common. They all violated the Consumer Review Fairness Act. Read on for details about the FTC’s first cases solely enforcing the CRFA, the form contract provisions the FTC says contravened the law, and tips for keeping your contracts CRFA-compliant.

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