Holyoak, Ferguson could change FTC dynamics but face steep learning curve

If Republican nominees Melissa Holyoak of Utah and Andrew Ferguson of Virginia are confirmed, as expected, to join the Federal Trade Commission this month, they could change the dynamics of an agency that’s been under single-party control for half...

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Insulin cases need a sharper focus

Hard cases are notorious for making bad law. But sometimes the easy and obvious cases can make bad law, too. Something like this seems to be going on with insulin pricing.

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‘Dark patterns’ enforcement unfolds with Publishers Clearing House settlement

The Federal Trade Commission continued its crusade against “dark patterns” with a settlement agreement with Publishers Clearing House in late June and allegations days earlier that Amazon tricked...

FTCWatch coverage cited in senator’s probe of Khan

Senator Ted Cruz has cited two FTCWatch articles on staff morale in his efforts to establish a basis to launch an investigation of Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan’s management of the agency.

California AG Bonta, others support click-to-cancel rule, with modifications

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, with 25 other attorneys general, expressed support for the Federal Trade Commission’s regulations surrounding automatically renewing subscriptions. But the...

Privacy Corner: College student helps change the way youth, tech interact

As a young child, Emma Lembke loved the theater and music but became frustrated with the obsessive nature of certain technology products. She’s channeled those skills and political passions into...

Advocacy groups seek to document online harms

Free Press and the Disinfo Defense League have collected citizens’ testimony about online disinformation, misinformation, fraud and scams to turn over to the Federal Trade Commission.

Neil Averitt commentary: The veterans of the 1980 revolution made their mark

What has become of the people who fought in the 1980 revolution in antitrust law and economics?

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Recommendations for becoming less hooked on technology

While technology has provided many societal benefits, the addictive nature of some products is, to say the least, problematic. Many people complain about how easy it is to get hooked, but those who propose solutions often don’t focus on things that have a reasonable chance of being implemented.