Legal Resources

Fur Rules Public Workshop

November 16, 2011

Workshop on whether to amend the FTC’s Name Guide that lists the common animal names that are allowed on fur labels

Forum on Unauthorized Third-Party Charges on Telephone Bills (Cramming)

May 12, 2011

Forum on how the government, businesses, and organizations can work together to prevent consumers from being victimized by unauthorized third-party charges on their telephone bills, a practice known as “cramming"

"Congratulations, You’re a Winner!": Lottery, Prize, and Sweepstakes Scams and the Role of Money Transfer Services

May 2, 2011

A public workshop to examine strategies for protecting consumers from lottery, prize, and sweepstakes scams, and other forms of fraud that use money transfers as the method of payment.

Debt Collection 2.0: Protecting Consumers as Technologies Change

April 29, 2011

Public workshop to examine how debt collectors are using new technologies and how this affects consumers

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report - 2011

March 22, 2011

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 2010 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book (2010)

March 8, 2011

Report analyzing consumer complaints received by the FTC in 2010, including a list of the Top 10 Consumer Complaints and complaint data by state and metropolitan area

Activities of the Federal Trade Commission Under the Truth In Lending Act, the Consumer Leasing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act During 2010

February 1, 2011

Annual report to the Federal Reserve Board on FTC enforcement activities regarding the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Electronic Fund Transfer Act, Consumer Leasing Act, and Truth in Lending Act, including a discussion of FTC activities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

FACT Act Interim Report - 2010

January 12, 2011

Interim Report to Congress describing progress on a national study examining the accuracy of credit reports.

Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers

December 1, 2010

A preliminary staff report proposing a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services, including the implementation of a “Do Not Track” mechanism.

Business Opportunity Rule: Staff Report

October 28, 2010

FTC staff report recommending that coverage of the FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule be expanded to include work-at-home opportunities such as envelope stuffing, medical billing, and product assembly, many of which have not been covered before.

Green Marketing Internet Surf (staff report)

October 10, 2010

Results of an Internet surf conducted by the FTC's Division of Enforcement to investigate the nature and incidence of particular environmental marketing claims

Protecting Youths in an Online World

July 15, 2010

Protecting Youths in an Online World: Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission, Presented by Jessica Rich, Deputy Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act Report - 2010

July 13, 2010

Ninth annual report from the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education describing efforts to combat scholarship and financial aid fraud in 2009.

Repairing a Broken System: Protecting Consumers in Debt Collection Litigation and Arbitration

July 12, 2010

Report about system for resolving consumer debt collection disputes recommends significant litigation and arbitration reforms to improve efficiency and fairness to consumers.

Protecting Kids' Privacy Online: Reviewing the COPPA Rule

June 2, 2010

Workshop about the costs and benefits of the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule in light of rapidly evolving technology and changes in the way children use and access the Internet.

Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls

June 1, 2010

Report focuses on discrete FTC program areas that have a particular impact on women and children. Highlights five areas, describing, for each, recent FTC law enforcement actions or policy initiatives as well as available consumer and business education materials: health care for women and children; marketing to children and adolescents; consumer credit; entrepreneurship and business opportunities; and family pocketbook issues.

Report On Emergency Technology For Use With ATMs

May 7, 2010

Report regarding emergency PIN and alarm button devices that would allow users of ATMs to electronically alert police about crimes at ATMs.

An Examination of Children’s Privacy: New Technology and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

April 30, 2010

Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission Entitled "An Examination of Children's Privacy: New Technology and The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act," Presented by Jessica Rich, Deputy Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance of the Committee On Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report - 2010

April 2, 2010

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in 2009 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

Do Not Call Registry Report on Enforcement Efforts and Consumers' Perceptions

April 1, 2010

Report on enforcement efforts and consumers’ perceptions of the National Do Not Call Registry’s effectiveness.