Legal Resources

Data Brokers: A Call For Transparency and Accountability

May 27, 2014

FTC report on the data broker industry, recommending that Congress consider enacting legislation to make data broker practices more visible and transparent to consumers and to give consumers greater control over the personal information that data brokers collect and share about them

Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data

May 6, 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

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.

In Short: Advertising & Privacy Disclosures in a Digital World

May 29, 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 25, 2012

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

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.

Innovations in Health Care Delivery

April 24, 2008

Workshop about the competition and consumer protection issues regarding health care delivery innovations. Discussions focused on limited service clinics, price and quality transparency, and health information technology.

Technologies for Protecting Personal Information: The Consumer Experience

May 14, 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.