Blog Entry June 2013
Yesterday’s 10th anniversary of the National Do Not Call Registry was a good time to reflect on a decade of progress. But to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson (or Patrick Henry, Irish statesman John Philpot Curran, or whoever else said it), eternal vigilance is the price of an uninterrupted dinner hour. A record-setting $7.5 million settlement with a national mortgage broker demonstrates the FTC’s commit
To etiquette purists, the 10th anniversary dictates gifts of metal. So to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the National Do Not Call Registry, the FTC presents this iron-clad guarantee: You can count on us to continue to take action against companies that violate the Telemarketing Sales Rule, as today’s $7.5 million civil penalty — the largest ever collected in an FTC Do Not Call case — demonstrates.
When users type something into a search engine and hit enter, what shows up on the screen next? Is it the natural result of their search or is it advertising? If they get natural results and ads, is it clear to consumers which is which? Following up on efforts to update guidance to digital advertisers, including revisions to .com Disclosures and the
The Telemarketing Sales Rule outlaws a variety of deceptive practices. But liability isn’t limited just to the companies that place the calls or the marketers that hire them. It’s also illegal to “provide substantial assistance or support” to a seller or telemarketer when you know or consciously avoid knowing they’re violating the Rule. A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit unpacks that portion of the
We’d invite you to uncork the bubbly in honor of National Small Business Week, but most small business owners are too busy minding the store to take a celebratory break. So instead, we’ll recap what the FTC is doing to streamline compliance responsibilities for smaller companies.
If you have a really smart smart device, it’s probably already told you. But here’s the news anyway: The new date for the FTC’s Internet of Things workshop is November 19, 2013. The workshop will cover the consumer protection implications now that everyday devices have started to communicate with us and with each other. To quote SNL’s Linda Richman, “Tawk amongst ya-selves” about
If you report information about consumers to consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) — like a credit bureau, tenant screening company, or check verification service — you have legal obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act's Furnisher Rule.
Three FTC cases, 83 civil actions brought by 28 states, more than 184 defendants facing criminal charges in cases filed by federal and local prosecutors, and 25 actions brought by agencies in 10 other countries. If you’re unclear on whether law enforcers are presenting a united front against travel-related fraud, then we have some oceanfront property to sell you.