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Who’s in the mix at Nixing the Fix?
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:11:51 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Coldplay sang “Fix You,” but if the group had been referring to their tech devices, cars, or other products in need of repair, their efforts could have consumer protection ramifications. A July 16, 2019, FTC event, Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions, will focus on the state of the repair marketplace. Are manufacturers making it difficult (or even impossible) for consumers or independent shops to make product repairs?

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D-Link settlement: Internet of Things depends on secure software development
Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:32:53 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The FTC has been keeping a close watch on the Internet of Things since the Internet of Things became a thing to watch. That includes law enforcement actions against companies alleged to have sold vulnerable connected devices that put consumers’ sensitive information at risk. Affected devices could even become – in effect – zombies that do the bidding of malicious botnets that threaten the Internet.

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New Green Lights & Red Flags business seminar debuts in Atlanta
Tue, 02 Jul 2019 11:34:55 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Whether you’re taking the midnight train to Georgia, a quick trip on MARTA, or a drive around the Perimeter on your way to one of the many Peachtree Streets, meet us in Atlanta on Thursday, August 15, 2019, for Green Lights & Red Flags: FTC Rules of the Road for Business.

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FTC says credit repair company en-CROA-ched on consumer rights
Fri, 28 Jun 2019 13:08:33 -0400 - By Seena Gressin

The first rule of credit repair is that no credit repair company can remove accurate and timely negative information from someone’s credit report. For credit repair companies that would claim otherwise, there’s CROA – the Credit Repair Organizations Act. It makes it illegal for credit repair companies to lie about what they can do to clear up a clouded credit report, or charge upfront fees before they do the job they promised to do.

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PrivacyCon: Watch the webcast
Thu, 27 Jun 2019 08:31:42 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The stars are aligning – the privacy and security stars, that is. The FTC’s fourth PrivacyCon convenes today, June 27, 2019. Experts from around the globe will discuss their latest research into privacy and data security, and the consumer protection implications of their findings. Minutes before FTC Chairman Simons convenes PrivacyCon at 9:15 ET this morning, visit the event page to watch the webcast live. Join the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtag #PrivacyCon19.

 

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Operation Call it Quits: There’s no quit in our fight against illegal robocalls
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:35:16 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Hate illegal robocalls? You’re not alone. The FTC hates them, too, as do state Attorneys General and pretty much anyone with a phone. The FTC and state and federal partners teamed up today to announce Operation Call it Quits, the latest salvo in the ongoing fight against robocalls and other illegal telemarketing. We also have tips on how you can help hang up on what many people consider to be Consumer Protection Enemy #1.

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Can you support your claims about Privacy Shield, CBPR participation?
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:35:12 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Phileas Fogg was famous for going around the world in 80 days, but when it comes to global commerce, consumers can manage the same feat with just one click. Recent FTC actions touch on the international implications of consumer protection.

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Bee-lieving in the power of partnership
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:57:43 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The state seal of Utah famously depicts a beehive, a symbol of industry and cooperation. Industry and cooperation also have been the hallmarks of the long-standing relationship between the FTC and the Utah Department of Commerce’s Division of Consumer Protection. That’s why we’re proud to announce that the Division is the latest recipient of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Partner Award.

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PrivacyCon’s All-Star line-up
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:02:00 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

In just a few years, the FTC’s PrivacyCon has become an Information All-Star Game, complete with panels as high-flying or power-hitting as the Slam Dunk Contest or Home Run Derby. (OK. High-flying and power-hitting if you’re a researcher, academic, or advocate interested in data security and consumer privacy.) The FTC just announced the agenda for the fourth annual PrivacyCon on June 27, 2019. Consult your calendar and save the date.

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Data security settlement with service provider includes updated order provisions
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:39:19 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The domino principle. The ripple effect. The butterfly phenomenon. Apply the analogy of your choice to describe what happens when one software developer’s allegedly lax security practices result in the breach of confidential customer information maintained by multiple businesses that use the software.

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