Legal Resources

Privacy & Data Security Update (2014)

June 24, 2014

An overview of the FTC’s enforcement, policy initiatives, and consumer outreach and business guidance in the areas of privacy and data security, from January 2013-March 2014.

Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data

May 7, 2014

As part of the FTC's Spring 2014 Seminar Series on Emerging Consumer Privacy Issues, an event to consider the privacy and security implications of the growing trend for consumers to research health conditions online, upload personal health records, and use apps and devices that collect and transmit health information

Internet of Things Workshop

November 19, 2013

Workshop to explore the privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of consumer devices, including cars, appliances, and medical devices

Mobile Security: Potential Threats and Solutions

June 4, 2013

A public forum to address malware, viruses and similar threats facing users of smartphones and other mobile technologies

Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age

May 26, 2013

National forum to explore how ID theft affects older Americans, including discussions of medical identity theft, tax- and government benefits-related ID theft, and the special issues facing consumers who live in assisted living or nursing homes

Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency

February 1, 2013

FTC staff report recommending ways that key players in the mobile marketplace, including mobile platforms, developers, advertising networks, analytics companies, and trade associations, can better inform consumers about their data practices.

Facing Facts: Best Practices For Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies

October 22, 2012

A staff report on protecting consumer privacy as companies use facial recognition technologies to create new products and services

In Short: Advertising & Privacy Disclosures in a Digital World

May 30, 2012

Following up on the FTC's 2000 "Dot Com Disclosures" publication, a national workshop to consider the need for new guidance concerning effecting advertising and privacy disclosures in online and mobile environments

Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations for Businesses and Policymakers

March 26, 2012

FTC report calling for privacy by design, simplified choices for businesses and consumers, and greater transparency about information collection and use

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book (2011)

February 28, 2012

Report listing the top consumer complaints received by the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Database in 2011

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book (2010)

March 8, 2011

Report analyzing consumer complaints received by the FTC in 2010, including a list of the Top 10 Consumer Complaints and complaint data by state and metropolitan area

Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers

December 1, 2010

A preliminary staff report proposing a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services, including the implementation of a “Do Not Track” mechanism.

Exploring Privacy: A Roundtable Series

March 17, 2010

A series of roundtables exploring the privacy challenges posed by technologies and business practices that collect and use consumer data. Discussion included how best to protect consumer privacy while supporting beneficial uses of the information and technological innovation.

Best Practices for Business: Protecting Personal Information and Fighting Fraud with the Red Flags Rule

April 29, 2009

Series of workshops that focused on how businesses can better secure personal information, implement best practices for developing an appropriate data security program, and respond to data breaches and other privacy and security threats.

Beyond Voice: Mapping the Mobile Marketplace Report

April 1, 2009

Report from May 2008 town hall meeting about issues arising in the mobile commerce marketplace.

Securing Personal Data in the Global Economy

March 16, 2009

Conference hosted by the FTC in conjunction with APEC and OECD addressing how companies can manage personal data-security issues in a global information environment where data can be stored and accessed from multiple jurisdictions.

Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft Report

December 17, 2008

Workshop continued the work of the President's Identity Theft Task Force by exploring the uses of Social Security numbers in the private sector and the role of SSNs in identity theft.

Transatlantic RFID Workshop on Consumer Privacy and Data Security

September 23, 2008

Workshop exploring emerging applications of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and their implications for consumer protection policy.

President's Identity Theft Task Force Report

September 1, 2008

Report documenting the Identity Theft Task Force’s efforts to implement recommendations of the Strategic Plan, which examined the nature and scope of identity theft and offered a far-reaching series of recommendations to reduce its incidence and impact.

Pay On The Go: Consumers and Contactless Payment

July 24, 2008

Town Hall meeting exploring the growth of contactless payment systems and their implications for consumer protection policy. This meeting built on a 2006 hearing which examined technological and business developments expected to shape consumers' experiences over the next ten years.