Legal Resources

Hispanic Outreach & Law Enforcement Workshop

May 12, 2004

Workshops hosted by the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime on strategies for effective and high impact education and enforcement to protect Hispanic consumers from fraud.

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.

False Claims in Spam

April 30, 2003

Staff report on the results of a review of 1,000 spam messages and the likely truth or falsity of claims contained in the messages.

Spam Forum

April 30, 2003

Forum exploring issues related to the proliferation of and potential solutions to spam. The forum looked at how the unique qualities of spam contribute to and hinder both fraud and its prosecution.

Public/Private Partnerships to Combat Cross-Border Fraud

February 19, 2003

Workshop on building public/private partnerships to fight cross-border fraud against consumers. Explored how the private and public sectors can work together to fight cross-border fraud operators; legal constraints on cooperation; and recommendations to combat cross-border fraud.

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.

ESIGN (Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce) Act Report

June 27, 2001

Joint report from the FTC and the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration regarding the benefits and burdens of the "reasonable demonstration" requirement of the consumer consent provision contained in the recently enacted Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN).

Disclosure Exposure: Effective Disclosures in Advertising

May 22, 2001

Workshop hosted by the FTC and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus to explore how marketers comply with "clear and conspicuous" disclosure requirements in truth-in-advertising laws.

Emerging Issues for Competition Policy in the World of E-Commerce

May 7, 2001

Workshop examining selected issues of competition policy that arise in connection with business-to-business ("B2B") and business-to-consumer (B2C) electronic marketplaces.

Dispute Resolution for Online Business-to-Consumer Contracts

February 6, 2001

Roundtable discussing recommendations by business and consumer groups regarding the use of alternative dispute resolution for online consumer disputes.

Etails Details: Seminar on Internet Marketing

January 30, 2001

Seminar for Internet retailers, marketers and suppliers on applying offline rules and regulations online. The seminar was designed to ensure e-tailers understand and comply with the FTC rules regarding e-tailing.

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.

Consumer Protection in the Global Electronic Marketplace: Looking Ahead

June 6, 2000

Report from workshop to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on how government, industry, and consumers can work together to meet the challenge of encouraging the development of a global marketplace that offers safety, transparency, and legal certainty.

U.S. Perspectives on Consumer Protection in the Global Electronic Marketplace

June 8, 1999

Workshop to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on how government, industry, and consumers can work together to meet the challenge of encouraging the development of a global marketplace that offers safety, transparency, and legal certainty.

Interpretation of Rules and Guides for Electronic Media

May 14, 1999

Workshop exploring how the FTC’s rules and guides apply to electronic media, including the Internet, e-mail and CD-ROMs. The workshop expanded on a previously published Federal Register Notice.

Consumer Protection and the Global Information Infrastructure

April 10, 1995

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