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

Life of a Debt: Data Integrity in Debt Collection

June 5, 2013

Joint FTC-CFPB roundtable to examine the flow of consumer data throughout the debt collection process

Mobile Security: Potential Threats and Solutions

June 3, 2013

A public forum to address malware, viruses and similar threats facing users of smartphones and other mobile technologies

Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age

May 25, 2013

National forum to explore how ID theft affects older Americans, including discussions of medical identity theft, tax- and government benefits-related ID theft, and the special issues facing consumers who live in assisted living or nursing homes

Report to Congress Under Section 319 of the FACT Act

February 11, 2013

FTC study of the U.S. credit reporting industry

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.

Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade

December 10, 2012

A follow-up report by FTC staff outlining the results of a 2012 survey about disclosures in mobile apps for children; discussing the operation of in-app interactive features; and urging industry to take steps so that parents have easier access to the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it's being shared, and who will have access to it

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

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book (2011)

February 28, 2012

Report listing the top consumer complaints received by the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Database in 2011