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The FTC was active in privacy and security related matters this week. The agency submitted a letter to the House Judiciary Committee related to a social media platform’s data sharing practices with third-parties. It also announced a multi-million dollar settlement with a software company over its data collection and selling practices. Additionally, this week’s updates include the FTC filing an administrative complaint against a major tax preparation company for its advertising and marketing tactics. All this, and more, after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (February 19-23, 2024)

The FTC has been active despite being in the midst of the holiday season. The Commission and the DOJ released its 2023 Merger Guidelines as well as a FY 2022 report detailing data on the HSR Premerger Notification Program. The Bureau of Consumer Protection was also active this week. It announced a new report summarizing key takeaways from an October 2023 roundtable examining the impact of generative artificial intelligence. The Commission also announced a new notice of proposed rulemaking and an extension to an existing proposed rulemaking related to consumer protection issues. These stories and more after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (December 18 – December 29, 2023)

This week the FTC highlighted its report on the prevalence of fraudulent business practices directed at older adults. It also announced that the Agency is seeking public comment on the existing Alternative Fuels Rule. More on these actions, as well as an update on student debt related actions, after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Blog Updates Oct 16-Oct 20

After a slower start in August, the FTC has been busy with actions taken to protect everyday consumers who have been the victims of organized schemes intended to mislead them. The FTC also announced the appointment of a new Director of the Bureau of Competition This and more, after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (August 7-25, 2023)

New considerations have emerged for advertisers who publish reviews or endorsements. On June 29, 2023, the FTC finalized its updated Endorsement Guides, which provide insights to businesses on how the use of reviews and endorsements might be considered unfair or deceptive in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act. Over the past several months, the FTC sought public comments on proposed updates to the Endorsement Guides to accurately reflect the modern landscape of advertising, which includes reliance on social media and content creators.Continue Reading Reviews and Endorsements Say What? FTC Finalizes Updates to Endorsement Guidelines

On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission sent letters to 50 online marketplaces notifying them of their responsibility to fully comply with the new Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers Act – or the INFORM Consumers Act – as soon as the law takes effect on June 27, 2023.Continue Reading Consumer Protection Law Taking Effect This Month Could Subject Online Marketplaces to Civil Penalties of up to $50,120 Per Violation

On December 20, 2022, the FTC originally noticed its solicitation for public comments regarding potential updates and changes to the Green Guides (Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims) on the Federal Register. While the original deadline to submit comments was February 21, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) extended the public comment period to April 24, 2023.Continue Reading Green Guides Update – Comments Closed, but the FTC Wanted to Hear More About Waste

This week the FTC released updates related to the Negative Option Rule and the proposed Business and Government Impersonation Rule. The FTC, along with three other federal agencies, issued a joint statement describing their commitment to enforce their respective laws and regulations to promote responsible innovation in automated systems, such as artificial intelligence. The Agency also requested over $500 million from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Governmentfor FY 2024, which would enable it to fund over 300 additional full-time employees. In addition, the agency announced that it would be sending over 41,000 refund checks to consumers that fell victim to alleged dark pattern practices for dental products. These stories and more after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (April 24 – April 28, 2023)

This week, the FTC partnered with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to explore background screening issues affecting individuals who seek rental housing in the United States. For the first time, the Commission returned funds to consumers whose health data was compromised. Lastly, the Commission announced a workshop to discuss “recyclable” advertising claims. These stories and more after the jump.Continue Reading FTC Updates (February 27 – March 3, 2023)