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Selling genetic testing kits? Read on.
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:35:02 -0400 - By Elisa Jillson

If you sell genetic testing kits to consumers, you’re probably familiar with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information under some circumstances. You’re also familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects health information collected by certain types of entities. Then there are laws enforced by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that pertain to genetic testing kits.

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Nixing the Fix: Warranties, Mag-Moss, and restrictions on repairs
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:24:48 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

First, the bad news: That nifty purchase needs a repair. Now the good news for consumers: It’s still under warranty. But where can they go to get it fixed? Can the manufacturer restrict a consumer’s ability to go to the independent repair shop of their choice? Can the manufacturer use glue, non-standard screws, and proprietary diagnostic software that make it difficult for independent repair shops to fix things?

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FTC’s 2018 Privacy & Data Security Update: What it means for your business
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:02:31 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Looking to take a deep dive into the breadth and depth of the FTC’s approach to consumer privacy and data security in the past year? The FTC’s website, including the Business Center, has what you need. But what if you or your clients prefer an at-your-fingertips digest of developments in 2018? We’re got that covered, too.

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Recipe for a ROSCA violation
Thu, 07 Mar 2019 12:20:07 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

From the FTC’s perspective, a certain pattern of online business has become a recipe for consumer injury.

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The FTC takes its subpoenas and CIDs seriously – and you should, too
Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:48:13 -0500 - By Burke Kappler, Attorney, FTC Office of General Counsel

The FTC’s ability to obtain information through subpoenas and civil investigative demands (CIDs) is critical to the task of investigating potential law violations. The FTC uses this authority deliberately and responsibly, avoiding unnecessary burdens on businesses and individuals and consistent with our obligations to enforce the law.

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Forum on new forms of financing is strictly business
Tue, 05 Mar 2019 10:49:47 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

When it comes to getting the working capital your company needs, you’re strictly business. Yes, you confer with traditional financial institutions, but like many small businesses, you also may look into online loans and other newer options. Financing for smaller enterprises is the topic of an upcoming FTC workshop. Mark May 8, 2019, on your calendar for Strictly Business: An FTC Forum on Small Business Financing.

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Cybersecurity for small business: Four ways to continue the conversation
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 11:15:36 -0500 - By Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

When it came to designing the FTC’s Cybersecurity for Small Business campaign, you called the shots. We hosted round tables across the country and listened to what business owners had to say. You told us you wanted: 1) No-nonsense advice that’s easy to implement; and 2) Consistent guidance from the different federal agencies that deal with cyber threats and data security.

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Top frauds of 2018
Thu, 28 Feb 2019 12:21:12 -0500 - By Paul Witt, Supervising Data Analyst, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

Every year, millions of consumers tell us – and our partners – about the frauds they spotted. In 2018, we heard from 3 million people and learned a lot from the reports entered into our Consumer Sentinel database. Here are some notable facts from the Consumer Sentinel Network’s 2018 Data Book – including that a new category of scams has earned the unenviable right to chant "We’re #1."

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Largest FTC COPPA settlement requires Musical.ly to change its tune
Wed, 27 Feb 2019 12:57:43 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

We’ll confess to singing along to a Stevie Nicks song or doing an air guitar solo when no one’s looking. But some people take their lip syncing to the next level. More than 200 million people – 65 million of them in the U.S. – downloaded the Musical.ly app. It gave users a platform to create videos and synchronize them with popular songs. It also allowed users to interact directly with each other. That may sound like fun for aficionados, but it raises concerns for parents, especially given public reports that adults have used the Musical.ly app to contact children.

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FTC to advertisers: Bills-for-shills product reviews are a no-go
Tue, 26 Feb 2019 13:17:26 -0500 - By Lesley Fair

In explaining FTC cases, we try to give readers a behind-the-scenes perspective and sometimes the most accurate insights are out of the mouths of corporate insiders. In the FTC’s first case challenging fabricated reviews on an independent retail site, consider an email from the CEO of Brooklyn-based Cure Encapsulations about a weight loss pill it was selling.

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