At the FTC if a party is investigated and the FTC believes ad claims were not substantiated, a company can settle and typically commits not to repeat the claims at issue unless there is adequate substantiation.
The FTC released its annual Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book on February 27, 2014, providing national and state-by-state data on consumer complaints received by the FTC, all U.S. and Canadian Better Business Bureaus, the CFPB and other federal and state agencies in the previous year.
According to an FTC press release, identity theft tops the national ranking of consumer complaints for 2013, with American consumers losing a reported $1.6 billion to fraud last year.
Many franchisors’ fiscal year ended on December 31st. The FTC gives a franchisor 120 days to update its franchise disclosure document (FDD) but you should be gathering the information needed to update your FDD and file your staterenewals (if applicable) NOW!
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission held the first of its three spring workshops, focused on mobile device tracking.
FTC: No Need to Approve IVeriFly’s Proposed Alternative COPPA Consent Method – Proposal is Merely a Variation On Methods COPPA Rule Already Recognizes
Under the provisions of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule that invite proposals for new mechanisms for obtaining the verifiable parental consent required to collect, use and disclose personal information from children under 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it concluded its proceeding on iVeriFly’s proposal by declining to issue an approval, as the FTC found the method to be simply a variation on those already recognized under the Rule, rendering further FTC action unnecessary.
The FTC scored two recent victories in advertising cases litigated in California, and, in both cases, the court accepted the FTC’s view of the world with little exception. You can expect that the FTC will cite to these cases frequently going forward.
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission approved the kidSAFE Seal Program as a safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and FTC’s COPPA Rule.