May 2013

Angling for info about the Green Guides?

A recent comment the FTC filed with the Marine Stewardship Council about the Council’s certification program for fisheries offers a line on the importance of consumer perception when issuing environmental seals and certifications.

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"I read the news today, oh boy"

There's "Life of Pi" and "Life of Brian," Boswell’s “Life of Samuel Johnson,” the sitcom “Life of Riley,” and the Beatles’ ground-breaking “A Day in the Life.”   We view Life of a Debt: Data Integrity in Debt Collection, a roundtable hosted by the FTC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as pretty ground-breaking, too.  And the topic — the flow of consumer data through the debt collection process — should attract the i

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Mom, Home, and Mobile Security

Is there a more "apple pie” issue than mobile security?  It’s hard to come up with one.  That’s because a safe environment for mobile commerce is critical to the continued growth of that marketplace — and because you haven’t torn yourself away from your mobile device since you huffed and puffed to the Spice Girls at step aerobics class in ’99.

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Possible changes loom for FTC's Textile Rules

Never let it be said that the FTC doesn’t have your back — or sleeve, cuff, waistband, or wherever else you find the label that discloses the kind of fabric a product is made of.  If your business touches on textiles, you’re familiar with the requirements of the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and the FTC’s accompanying Textile Rules

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Calling for comments about proposed changes to the Telemarketing Sales Rule

We’re not one to loft accolades in the direction of fraudulent telemarketers, but we’ll say this about them:  They’re a quick study when it comes to using new technologies and business methods to their shady advantage.  As part of its ongoing effort to protect consumers from deceptive telemarketing, the FTC is proposing amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule that would curtail the use of certain kinds of payments that have become fast favorites among fraudsters.

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FTC-3PO

We've been patient.  It's been years since "Star Wars" came out and we still don't have a gold-plated droid to do our bidding.  But companies have introduced a slew of "smart" products that perform a lot of the same functions.

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Take a letter

Today’s Business Blog post is brought to you by the letters C-O-P-P-A. If your website or online service is covered by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, you’re readying your business for the changes that go into effect on July 1, 2013. For the benefit of those looking for a compliance refresher, the FTC just sent out letters to more than 90 companies that may be affected by the revision to the Rule.

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Assist-sense: Insights on liability under the Telemarketing Sales Rule

Lending a helping hand is great when you’re talking about a barn raising, a rent party, or assisting a little old lady across the street.  But when the activity in question is, well, questionable — like selling businesses technology that can be used to place illegal robocalls — companies need to make sure they’re not assisting and facilitating violations of the law.  That’s one message your clients should take from the FTC’s settlement with Skyy Consulting, which also does business under the

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Keeping up on COPPA

Have you marked your calendar for July 1, 2013?  As the FTC announced in December 2012, that’s the date revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule take effect.  If COPPA compliance is on your “to do” list, you’ll want to stay in the know about two related developments.

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Shakespeare, Led Zeppelin, and the FTC?

Shakespeare coined the line in The Merchant of Venice.  Jimmy Page and Robert Plant referred to it in Stairway to Heaven.  And now it's one of the topics up for discussion at an FTC Roundtable on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.  Any guesses?

"All that glitters is not gold."

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