Legal Resources

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.

Do Not Call Forum

January 11, 2000

Forum to review the "do-not-call" provision of the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule, which prohibits sellers or telemarketers from calling persons who have previously stated that they do not wish to be called. This forum was the first in a series held by the FTC.

Public Workshop on the Funeral Rule

November 19, 1999

National conference to consider review of the FTC's Funeral Rule

Public Workshop on Funeral Rule Review Comments

November 18, 1999

Conference to discuss issues relevant to the FTC 1999 review of the Funeral Rule

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.

Advertising and Marketing Long-Distance Services

November 4, 1999

Forum to address the advertising and marketing of long-distance services, including dial-around services—often called "10-10" numbers—and to discuss recent trends in how these long-distance services are advertised and what principles should guide industry advertising.

Tar, Nicotine, and Carbon Monoxide Testing of Cigarettes Report - 1996

September 28, 1999

Report on tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide testing of cigarettes manufactured and sold in the United States in 1996.

Tar, Nicotine, and Carbon Monoxide Testing of Cigarettes Report - 1997

September 28, 1999

Report on tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide testing of 1,262 cigarettes manufactured and sold in the United States in 1997.

Alcohol Report - 1999

September 9, 1999

1999 FTC alcohol report about the effectiveness of the alcohol industry's voluntary guidelines for advertising and marketing to underage audiences.

Cigar Sales and Marketing Expenditures Report - 1996 and 1997

July 21, 1999

Report on cigar sales, advertising, and promotion covering 1996 and 1997.

Cigarette Sales and Marketing Expenditures Report - 1997

July 21, 1999

Report on cigarettes sales, advertising, and promotion covering 1997.

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.

Protection of Children's Privacy on the World Wide Web: FTC Testimony

September 23, 1998

Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission, presented by Chairman Robert Pitofsky before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, United States Senate.

Online Privacy: A Report to Congress

June 14, 1998

A comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of self-regulation as a means of protecting consumer privacy online.

Commerical Weight Loss Products and Programs: What Consumers Gain to Lose

October 16, 1997

Conference on the rise of obesity in the U.S. and money spent on health care and weight loss products. Discussion focused on understanding the problem and exploring ways to improve the information consumers receive about the nature of obesity and weight loss products and programs.

Competition and the Financial Impact of the Proposed Tobacco Industry Settlement

September 22, 1997

Analysis of the potential economic impact of the proposed settlement with the tobacco industry on cigarette prices, industry profits, and government revenues.

Rule Review: 900 Number Rule Review

June 30, 1997

Workshop to review a proposal revising the Pay-Per-Call Rule. The proposal included, among other things, new provisions to combat telephone bill cramming—unauthorized charges on consumers' phone bills.

Vehicle Buyback Disclosures

October 3, 1996

Forum on the questions and issues raised in a petition asking the FTC to look into whether vehicles bought back under state lemon laws are being resold without disclosing to subsequent purchasers that the vehicles had been bought back.

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.