Legal Resources

Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising

February 12, 2009

This report from FTC staff describes the agency’s ongoing examination of online behavioral advertising and sets forth revisions to proposed self-regulatory principles.

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.

Ehavioral Advertising: Tracking, Targeting, and Technology

November 1, 2007

Town Hall on consumer protection issues raised by the practice of tracking consumers' activities online to target advertising. 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

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.

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.

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 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.

Online Profiling Report Part Two: Recommendations

July 27, 2000

Second part of report on online profiling by network advertisers.

Online Profiling Report

June 13, 2000

Report describes the nature of online profiling practices, consumer privacy concerns about these practices, and the Commission's efforts to address these concerns.

Privacy Online: Fair Information Practices in the Electronic Marketplace

May 22, 2000

Report on the effectiveness of self-regulation in protecting consumer privacy on the Internet.

On-Line Profiling

November 8, 1999

Workshop on "online profiling," the practice of aggregating information about consumers' preferences and interests, gathered primarily by tracking their movements online, and using the resulting consumer profiles to create targeted advertising on Web sites.

Consumer Privacy on the Global Information Infrastructure

June 4, 1996

Workshop to bring consumers and businesses together to address consumer privacy issues posed by the online marketplace.