Political gridlock could prevent FTC from getting disgorgement powers

Congressional backers of giving the Federal Trade Commission more powers to recover ill-gotten gains will need a host of skills. But the most important one may be ensuring they can count to 60.

Neill Averitt

Protecting businesses from telemarketing scams

The Federal Trade Commission has long protected individual consumers from scams, but now it’s devoting more attention to scams that target businesses. This reflects a fundamental broadening of the agency’s sense of its mission.

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Stop following me: Cranor sheds light on the science behind tracking consumers online

There it is again, that annoying advertisement for a pair of shoes you looked at online, but didn’t buy, that’s now popping up everywhere you go on the Internet.

Ramirez defends size of $1.6 million Ashley Madison settlement

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Rich especially proud of the ‘big, tough cases’ her staff has taken on

At one point in a wide-ranging interview, Jessica Rich, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, was asked what frustrated her about her job. After thinking a...

Ohlhausen has right stuff to be FTC chairman, but with Trump all bets are off

As speculation intensifies among antitrust and consumer protection specialists over who might lead the Federal Trade Commission in the Donald Trump administration, Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen’s...

Ex-FTC economist Mueller dies at 91

Willard Fritz Mueller, the Federal Trade Commission’s top economist for much of the 1960s, died on Dec. 1. He was 91.

FTC exploring smart television privacy issues but no new rules in sight

The privacy concerns raised by smart television were front and center at a recent Federal Trade Commission conference, but there was no consensus among participants about what will happen next.