Legal Resources

Effectiveness of "Opt-Out" Disclosures In Pre-Screened Credit Card Offers: A Report Submitted to the Commission

July 27, 2004

An FTC-commissioned consumer study which shows that opt-out notices that would be required by the proposed rule are significantly more effective than notices currently used to notify consumers of their opt-out right.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Annual Report - 2004

July 2, 2004

Report to Congress on the Comission's enforcement actions against companies that engage in pretexting – the practice of obtaining financial information from consumers under false pretenses.

Radio Frequency IDentification: Applications and Implications for Consumers

June 21, 2004

Workshop exploring both current and anticipated uses of radio frequency identification (RFID) as well as the associated consumer privacy and security concerns.

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.

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Program

September 3, 2003

Overview of the FTC's identity theft program from October 1998 - September 2003.

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 Business Experience

June 4, 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.

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.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Annual Report - 2003

April 2, 2003

Report to Congress on the Comission's enforcement actions against companies that engage in pretexting – the practice of obtaining financial information from consumers under false pretenses.

Consumer Information Security Workshop

May 20, 2002

Workshop exploring issues related to the security of personal information stored on consumers' computers or by businesses.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Annual Report - 2002

May 3, 2002

Report to Congress on the Comission's enforcement actions against companies that engage in pretexting – the practice of obtaining financial information from consumers under false pretenses.

Protecting Children’s Privacy Under COPPA: A Survey On Compliance

April 22, 2002

COPPA compliance survey reviewing information collection practices at 144 children's Web sites.

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.

Get Noticed: Effective Financial Privacy Notices - An Interagency Public Workshop

December 4, 2001

Workshop about Gramm Leach Bliley Act privacy notices. Focused on identifying successful notices, strategies for communicating complex information, industry self-regulatory efforts and consumer and business education.

The Information Marketplace: Merging and Exchanging Consumer Data

March 13, 2001

Workshop exploring how businesses merge and exchange detailed consumer information and how such information is used commercially. Discussion focused on how detailed consumer profiles are created and used by entities other than third-party Internet advertising networks.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Annual Report - 2000

January 12, 2001

Report to Congress on the Comission's enforcement actions against companies that engage in pretexting – the practice of obtaining financial information from consumers under false pretenses.

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.

Identity Theft Victim Assistance Workshop

October 23, 2000

Workshop to identify relevant issues and examine potential solutions associated with assisting victims of identity theft. This was the first in a series of three workshops on identity theft.

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.