Author Archive for Chloe Maurice

FTC’s Big Data Report Provides Recommendations, Raises Compliance Issues

The Federal Trade Commission has released a report examining the benefits, potential risks, and legality of the use of big data in business. Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues focuses on how big data is used after it is collected and how that information could result in discrimination against consumers.

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FCC Ruling: E-Faxes Now Subject to Consumer Protections Under TCPA

Unsolicited e-faxes — documents converted to an email or attachment between the faxer and a recipient — are subject to the same consumer protections as unsolicited conventional faxes, according to a recent Federal Communications Commission declaratory ruling. The ruling built upon certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Junk Fax Protection Act,

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FTC Bans Scammers Who Targeted Spanish-Speaking Consumers

The operators of a fraudulent debt collecting scheme have settled Federal Trade Commission charges against them by agreeing to be banned from the debt collection business and telemarketing. The defendants were named in an FTC complaint last year, which alleged that they collected millions of dollars from Spanish-speaking consumers throughout the country by demanding they

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FCC Approves TCPA Declaratory Ruling Amidst Dissent

The FCC voted a 3-2 majority ‘yes’ today on a TCPA declaratory ruling to expand the law in an attempt to prevent unwanted robocalls and “robotexts,” as well as spam and telemarketing calls to wireless phones. The package of rulings also included the approval of robocalling technologies, oral revocation of consent, redefinition of autodialers, as well

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Lawmakers, Chamber: TCPA Proposal May Not Reduce Unwanted Sales Calls, Could Lead to Increased Litigation

U.S. lawmakers urged the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to reconsider exemptions to the FCC’s new proposal to update rules that protect Americans from unwanted sales calls, saying that the reforms may not be effective in reducing TCPA violations. In advance of the FCC meeting to vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal, U.S. Rep. Tony

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CFPB to Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies

Large non-bank auto financers will now be supervised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, according to a final rule released June 10, that also outlines the examination procedures that will be used to evaluate said companies. Citing that auto loans are the third largest category of household debt in America, and the automobile leasing market continues

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FTC, NY Attorney General to Host ‘Debt Collection Dialogue’

The FTC and the Office of the New York State Attorney General will host a “Debt Collection Dialogue,” aimed to be a conversation between government and business regarding consumer protection issues within the debt collection industry, in Buffalo, NY, on June 15. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich and New York State Attorney

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FCC to Strengthen TCPA Rules in One of Biggest Actions Since Do-Not-Call List

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced Wednesday that the FCC will move to protect consumers from unwanted robocalls and texts like never before by proposing new standards for TCPA regulation that will be voted on next month. Establishing new rules, closing loopholes, and simplifying the opt-out process for consumers are the three main goals of the proposal,

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TCPA Roundup: As Big Data Grows, So Does Scale of TCPA Violations

As big data grows, so does the scale of TCPA violations, and with that the settlements; one of the largest in TCPA history was in the news last week. In a California district court, attorneys who guided consumers in suing a bank for a $32 million settlement were denied a bid to increase their fees to $8

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