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 moment, Rich turned to her chief of staff, Kathleen Benway, and asked, “What have I groused about?”

If Rich had to ask that question, then it is obvious that she is content, even happy, with the way the bureau has operated …

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 recent speeches and provocative research …

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.

Mueller ran the FTC’s Bureau of Economics from 1961 to …

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.

The …

Internet-connected toys spy on kids, US and EU consumer groups charge

In an unprecedented move, EU and US consumer groups have coordinated their filings against toymakers that allegedly spy on children with their respective government agencies.

Never before have complaints raising these …

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.

Just about …

Neil Averitt commentary: Donald Trump, consumer protection and The Apprentice

In the world of Washington legal practice, speculation has been rife about what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for the Department of Justice’s antitrust division and the Federal Trade …