Last week, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget approved the FTC’s request to study how patent assertion entities (PAEs or, less charitably, patent trolls) operate and to what extent they affect competition and innovation.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published in the Federal Register a Request for Comments on all aspects of its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) as part of a routine review of the effectiveness, costs and benefits of its rules.
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a new safe harbor program, called the iKeepSafe Safe Harbor Program, that websites and other online services may use to comply with its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act rule.
FTC Examines Pre-Download Consumer Disclosures of Mobile Shopping Applications; Makes Recommendations Applicable to All Consumer Data
Continuing its examination of consumer protection issues in the mobile payments sphere, on August 1, 2014, the FTC released a staff report examining the pre-download disclosures of mobile shopping applications to evaluate the information provided to consumers about…
On July 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission accepted, subject to final approval, settlements with InstantUPCCodes.com (“Instant”) and Nationwide Barcode (“Nationwide”), two of the leading barcode resellers, and their principals, Jacob Alifraghis and Philip Peretz, who operate Instant and Nationwide, respectively.
That the FTC has announced another weight loss settlement is no news at all. The FTC averages about six new weight loss orders per year. The new settlement, nevertheless, is notable as a reminder of the following points.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit this week agreed to consider whether the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to regulate companies’ data security practices.
As the Federal Trade Commission takes an increasingly broad view of its authority to regulate privacy and consumer protection, one of the agency’s five commissioners is calling for a more cautious approach.
On July 25, the FTC announced that it would retain its Prenotification Negative Option Rule (“Rule”) without modification after completing a regulatory review of the Rule.