Legal Resources

Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?

September 14, 2014

A national workshop to explore the use of big data and its impact on American consumers, including low-income and underserved consumers

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.

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

Alternative Scoring Products

March 18, 2014

As part of the FTC's Spring 2014 Seminar Series on Emerging Consumer Privacy Issues, an event to consider data brokers' practice of offering companies scores to predict trends and the behavior of their customers

Mobile Device Tracking

February 19, 2014

As part of the FTC's Spring 2014 Seminar Series on Emerging Consumer Privacy Issues, an event to consider the practice of retailers and other businesses to track consumers' movements throughout and around retail stores and other attractions using technologies that identify signals emitted by their mobile devices.

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 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.

The Big Picture: Comprehensive Online Data Collection

December 6, 2012

An FTC workshop to explore the consumer privacy implications of comprehensive online data collection

Enforceable Codes of Conduct: Protecting Consumers Across Borders

November 29, 2012

An FTC forum focusing on how government entities, businesses, consumer groups, and others are developing and administering voluntary procedures to protect consumers in cross-border commerce

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

October 21, 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 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

Paper, Plastic . . . or Mobile

April 25, 2012

FTC workshop to examine the use of mobile payments in the marketplace and how this emerging technology impacts consumers

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.

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.

Digital Rights Management

March 25, 2009

Conference on the use of digital rights management—technologies typically used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, and copyright holders to attempt to control how consumers access and use media and entertainment content—and how to improve disclosure about DRM limitations.

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.