Legal Resources

Roundtable Discussion on Phishing Education: A Staff Report by the Federal Trade Commission

July 14, 2008

Workshop focused on revitalizing consumer and business education on phishing, which uses deceptive spam that appears to be coming from legitimate, well-known sources to trick consumers into divulging sensitive or personal information.

Beyond Voice: Mapping the Mobile Marketplace

May 6, 2008

Town Hall exploring the evolving mobile commerce (Mcommerce) marketplace and its 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.

Protecting Consumers In The Next Tech-ade Report

March 28, 2008

Staff report highlighting the challenges of consumer protection in the face of emerging and evolving technologies in the next ten years.

Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft

December 11, 2007

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.

Identity Theft Survey Report - 2006

November 27, 2007

Report about 2005 identity theft survey showing that 8.3 million American adults, or 3.7 percent of all American adults, were victims of identity theft in 2005.

Proof Positive: New Directions for ID Authentication

April 23, 2007

Workshop exploring the role of authentication processes in preventing identity theft. Discussion focused on technological and policy requirements for developing better authentication processes, including the incorporation of privacy standards and consideration of consumer usability.

Protecting Consumers in the Next Tech-ade

November 6, 2006

Hearings exploring how convergence and globalization of commerce impact consumer protection, examining changes that have occurred in marketing and technology over the past decade, and discussing challenges and opportunities for consumers, businesses, and governmental bodies.

Fraud and Identity Theft Complaints Received by the Federal Trade Commission From Consumers Age 50 and Over: A Commission Staff Report to the Special Committee On Aging, United States Senate

July 25, 2005

Report to the Senate Special Committee on Aging detailing patterns of complaints regarding fraud and identity theft from consumers age 50 and older.

Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Technology: Consumer Protection and Competition Issues

December 15, 2004

Workshop to assess the impact of peer-to-peer file-sharing technology on consumers and businesses.

Email Authentication Summit

November 19, 2004

Summit hosted by the FTC and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology that provided a forum for discussion of the market's development, testing, evaluation, and deployment of domain-level authentication systems.

Radio Frequency IDentification: Applications and Implications for Consumers

June 21, 2004

Workshop exploring both current and anticipated uses of radio frequency identification (RFID) as well as the associated consumer privacy and security concerns.

Monitoring Software on Your PC: Spyware, Adware and Other Software

April 19, 2004

Workshop exploring the issues associated with software that, without the consumer’s knowledge, aids in gathering information about a person or organization or asserts control over a computer.

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Program

September 3, 2003

Overview of the FTC's identity theft program from October 1998 - September 2003.

Costs and Benefits Related To the Collection and Use of Consumer Information

June 18, 2003

Workshop examining the costs and benefits to consumers and businesses of the collection and use of consumer information.

Technologies for Protecting Personal Information: The Business Experience

June 4, 2003

Workshops focused on the role technology plays for consumers and businesses in protecting personal information, scanning Web sites for vulnerabilities, and encoding privacy restrictions directly into stored data. Discussion included whether these products reflect consumers’ needs.

Consumer Information Security Workshop

May 20, 2002

Workshop exploring issues related to the security of personal information stored on consumers' computers or by businesses.

Mobile Wireless Web, Data Services and Beyond: Emerging Technologies and Consumer Issues Report

January 3, 2002

Summary report from workshop examining emerging wireless Internet and data technologies and the privacy, security, and consumer protection issues they raise.

The Information Marketplace: Merging and Exchanging Consumer Data

March 13, 2001

Workshop exploring how businesses merge and exchange detailed consumer information and how such information is used commercially. Discussion focused on how detailed consumer profiles are created and used by entities other than third-party Internet advertising networks.

The Mobile Wireless Web, Data Services and Beyond: Emerging Technologies and Consumer Issues

December 11, 2000

Workshop examining emerging wireless Internet and data technologies and the privacy, security, and consumer protection issues they raise.

Identity Theft Victim Assistance Workshop

October 23, 2000

Workshop to identify relevant issues and examine potential solutions associated with assisting victims of identity theft. This was the first in a series of three workshops on identity theft.