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FTC to companies making questionable diabetes claims: Cease and desist now
Thu, 09 Sep 2021 12:01:31 -0400 - By Samuel Levine, Acting Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

According to the CDC, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes. To put a human face on that public health statistic, 1 in 10 people at your company, friends in your neighborhood, and members of your extended family struggle with a disease that could threaten their lives. The uninsured, those with high-deductible health plans, and lower-income consumers face another challenge that makes managing diabetes even more difficult: the high cost of insulin.

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NIST workshop considers improvements to labeling for Internet of Things products and consumer software
Wed, 08 Sep 2021 14:42:03 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The Nilsson song “Everybody’s Talking” has withstood the test of time and now could refer to the host of smart household products that communicate with consumers – and often with each other. But are companies protecting the security of consumer information they collect or maintain?

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Protecting your business in the wake of a natural disaster
Fri, 03 Sep 2021 11:14:48 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

If your company is facing the fall-out from Hurricane Ida, flooding in Tennessee, western wildfires, or any other natural disaster, your employees are looking for help in the recovery process – and you’re looking to make a safe return to business. But as flood waters recede, dangerous predators can spring to the surface: scammers targeting people and small businesses trying to get back on their feet. Here are ways to avoid common post-disaster scams.

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FTC action against stalkerware app SpyFone and CEO Scott Zuckerman underscores threats of surveillance businesses
Wed, 01 Sep 2021 16:07:49 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

By installing an app called SpyFone onto the device of an unsuspecting person, a user could stealthily track their target’s email, photos, contacts, calendars, web history, and even location. Support King, LLC, and CEO Scott Zuckerman marketed SpyFone as a way to monitor the activities of children and employees, neglecting to take action to prevent stalkers and domestic abusers from using the illegal secret surveillance effectuated by the company’s products.

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Businesses: Phishing scheme targets unemployment benefits, PII
Wed, 04 Aug 2021 10:26:40 -0400 - By Seena Gressin

Have you or one of your employees received an alarming text message about unemployment insurance benefits from what seems to be your state workforce agency? You’re not alone. Identity thieves are targeting millions of people nationwide with scam phishing texts aimed at stealing personal information, unemployment benefits, or both.

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Get ready for PrivacyCon on July 27th
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 13:06:38 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Set a reminder now for Tuesday, July 27, 2021, to make sure you’re up on the latest research about privacy and data security. That’s the date of the FTC’s sixth annual PrivacyCon and you’re invited to participate virtually.

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FTC gets back to the basics at June 24th Dallas workshop for businesses, attorneys
Mon, 21 Jun 2021 13:55:18 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

No one can top Waylon Jennings’ invitation to Luckenbach, Texas, where people can get “Back to the Basics of Love.” But we can offer the next best thing for business executives, advertising professionals, and attorneys: a virtual invitation to Dallas, Texas, on June 24, 2021, to get back to the basics of law.

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Back to business #4: Back-to-work basics for job seekers
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 16:04:22 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

We’ll leave it to the economists to crunch the employment numbers. We’re just happy to see more Help Wanted signs in the windows of Main Street retailers. That’s good news for Americans affected by pandemic-related layoffs. As companies are getting back to business and returning to an in-person workplace, the FTC has some tips for job seekers.

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Blessings in No Time: A blessing – or a pyramid scheme?
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 09:05:10 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Call it a “blessing.” Call it a “loom.” In a case just filed in federal court, the FTC and the State of Arkansas use another phrase to describe what the operators of the Blessings in No Time investment program are up to. We call it a pyramid scheme.

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Back to business #3: Looking for small business financing?
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:10:27 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

It’s exciting to see so many “open” signs appearing in store windows across the country. But some companies making the transition to an in-person workplace may find themselves in a short-term cash flow crunch. Even before the pandemic, the FTC raised concerns about deceptive practices related to small business financing. With many companies working to regain their footing, the FTC has tips on protecting yourself when looking for financing.

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