Legal Resources

Franchise and Business Opportunity Program Review 1993-2000

June 1, 2001

Review of complaint data, law enforcement, and consumer education with regards to the Franchise and Business Opportunity Program.

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.

Marketing Violent Entertainment To Children: A Six Month Follow-Up Review of Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries

April 24, 2001

Six-month follow-up report to a September 2000 Report, "Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children: A Review of Self-Regulation and Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries."

Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Workshop

April 3, 2001

Workshop gathering information to report to Congress on the benefits and burdens of a section of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act that authorizes use of an electronic record to send legally required information to consumers under certain circumstances.

Predatory Lending Forum

April 3, 2001

Forum convened consumer advocates, bankers, state and federal regulators, and New York homeowners and senior citizens to explore legislative, legal and community-based initiatives to combat predatory lending.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report - 2001

March 23, 2001

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 2000 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

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.

Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the Federal Reserve Board - 2000

February 20, 2001

Annual report to the Federal Reserve Board on FTC enforcement activities in 2000 related to the Truth in Lending Act, Consumer Leasing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

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.

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.

Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children:  A Review of Industry Practices in the Motion Picture, Music Recording & Electronic Game Industries

September 11, 2000

Report on the marketing to children of violent entertainment by the motion picture, music recording and electronic game industries.

Online Profiling Report Part Two: Recommendations

July 27, 2000

Second part of report on online profiling by network advertisers.

Tar, Nicotine, and Carbon Monoxide Testing of Cigarettes Report - 1998

July 7, 2000

Report on tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide testing of cigarettes manufactured and sold in the United States in 1998.

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.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report - 2000

June 9, 2000

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 1998 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

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.