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Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-07842
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-19
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC is making technical revisions to several of the notices that it has published under the Privacy Act of 1974 to describe its systems of records. This action is intended to make these notices clearer, more accurate, and up-to-date.
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07737
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07736
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07735
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Tronox/Cristal USA; Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent Orders To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-07697
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-17
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent Orders to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent ordersembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07326
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-12
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2019-07325
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-12
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
UrthBox, Inc. and Behnam Behrouzi; Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2019-06956
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-09
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis of Proposed Consent Order to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the draft complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreement that would settle these allegations.
Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Rule
Document Number: 2019-06562
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-04-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of its rule implementing the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (``CAN-SPAM Rule'' or ``Rule'') as part of the agency's periodic review of all its regulations and guides, and has determined to retain the Rule in its present form.
Privacy of Consumer Financial Information Rule Under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
Document Number: 2019-06039
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission is proposing to amend its Privacy Rule for certain financial institutions subject to the Rule to revise the Rule's scope, to modify the Rule's definitions of ``financial institution'' and ``federal functional regulator,'' and to update the Rule's annual customer privacy notice requirement. The proposed amendments will also remove certain examples in the Rule that apply to financial institutions that now fall outside the scope of the Commission's Rule. This action is necessary to conform the Rule to the current requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), as amended by the Dodd-Frank and FAST Acts, and will clarify which financial institutions are covered by the Commission's Rule and their annual customer privacy notice obligations under the Rule.
Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information
Document Number: 2019-04981
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comment on its proposal to amend the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (``Safeguards Rule'' or ``Rule''). The proposal contains five main modifications to the existing Rule. First, it adds provisions designed to provide covered financial institutions with more guidance on how to develop and implement specific aspects of an overall information security program. Second, it adds provisions designed to improve the accountability of financial institutions' information security programs. Third, it exempts small businesses from certain requirements. Fourth, it expands the definition of ``financial institution'' to include entities engaged in activities that the Federal Reserve Board determines to be incidental to financial activities. Finally, the Commission proposes to include the definition of ``financial institution'' and related examples in the Rule itself rather than cross-reference them from a related FTC rule, the Privacy of Consumer Financial Information Rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2019-05082
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-19
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for the FTC's enforcement of the information collection requirements in its regulation ``Duties of Furnishers of Information to Consumer Reporting Agencies'' (``Information Furnishers Rule''), which applies to certain motor vehicle dealers, and its shared enforcement with the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (``BCFP'') of the furnisher provisions (subpart E) of the BCFP's Regulation V regarding other entities. That clearance expires on June 30, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-05081
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-19
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC plans to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for information collection requirements contained in the Mail, internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (MITOR). That clearance expires on May 31, 2019.
Energy Labeling Rule
Document Number: 2018-27324
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Commission proposes amending the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') to make the Rule easier to use by reorganizing several sections, amending language to increase clarity, and eliminating several obsolete provisions. The proposed amendments have no substantive impact on the Rule's requirements. The Commission seeks comment regarding the proposed amendments and invites any suggestions to improve the Rule's format, organization, and clarity.
Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising
Document Number: 2019-04466
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is requesting public comment on its Trade Regulation Rule entitled ``Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Franchising'' (``Franchise Rule'' or ``Rule''). The Rule makes it an unfair or deceptive act or practice for franchisors to fail to give prospective franchisees a Franchise Disclosure Document providing specified information about the franchisor, the franchise business, and the terms of the franchise agreement. The Rule also prohibits related misrepresentations by franchise sellers. The Commission is soliciting comments about the efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact of the Rule as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. All interested persons are hereby given notice of the opportunity to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the Rule.
Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products
Document Number: 2019-03970
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-03-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comments on its Guides for Select Leather and Imitation Leather Products (``Leather Guides'' or ``Guides''). The Commission is soliciting the comments as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
Revised Jurisdictional Thresholds for Section 8 of the Clayton Act
Document Number: 2019-03396
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission announces the revised thresholds for interlocking directorates required by the 1990 amendment of Section 8 of the Clayton Act. Section 8 prohibits, with certain exceptions, one person from serving as a director or officer of two competing corporations if two thresholds are met. Competitor corporations are covered by Section 8 if each one has capital, surplus, and undivided profits aggregating more than $10,000,000, with the exception that no corporation is covered if the competitive sales of either corporation are less than $1,000,000. Section 8(a)(5) requires the Federal Trade Commission to revise those thresholds annually, based on the change in gross national product. The new thresholds, which take effect immediately, are $36,564,000 for Section 8(a)(1), and $3,656,400 for Section 8(a)(2)(A).
Revised Jurisdictional Thresholds for Section 7a of the Clayton Act
Document Number: 2019-03395
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission announces the revised thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 required by the 2000 amendment of Section 7A of the Clayton Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-03020
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-22
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC requests that the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for the information collection requirements in its Alternative Fuels Rule (``Rule''). That clearance expires on May 31, 2019.
Adjustments to Civil Penalty Amounts
Document Number: 2019-02237
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is implementing adjustments to the civil penalty amounts within its jurisdiction to account for inflation, as required by law.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-01530
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-08
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public comment on its proposal to extend, for three years, the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in the Health Breach Notification Rule. That clearance expires on March 31, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-00904
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-04
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for the information collection requirements in the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (``COPPA Rule'' or ``Rule''), which will expire on January 31, 2019.
Identity Theft Rules
Document Number: 2018-26609
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-12-11
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') requests public comment on its Identity Theft Rules. The Commission is soliciting comment as part of the FTC's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
Document Number: 2018-25964
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-29
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA''). The FTC seeks public comments on its proposal to extend for an additional three years the current PRA clearance for information collection requirements contained in its Alternative Fuels Rule (``Rule''). That clearance expires on May 31, 2019.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-25730
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the FTC is seeking public comments on its request to OMB to extend for three years the current PRA clearances for information collection requirements contained in the agency's shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of subpart N of the CFPB's Regulation V (``Rule''). That clearance expires on November 30, 2018.
Military Credit Monitoring
Document Number: 2018-24940
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-11-16
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') is publishing for comment a proposed rule to implement the credit monitoring provisions applicable to active duty military consumers in section 302 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). That section requires nationwide consumer reporting agencies to provide a free electronic credit monitoring service to active duty military consumers, subject to certain conditions. The proposed rule defines ``electronic credit monitoring service,'' ``contact information,'' ``material additions or modifications to the file of a consumer,'' and ``appropriate proof of identity,'' among other terms. It also contains requirements on how nationwide consumer reporting agencies must verify that an individual is an active duty military consumer.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-24682
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-13
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for the information collection requirements in the FTC Red Flags, Card Issuers, and Address Discrepancies Rules \1\ (``Rules''). That clearance expires on November 30, 2018.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2018-24226
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC is making non-substantive technical corrections to Appendix I, which lists the authorized disclosures and routine uses applicable to all FTC Privacy Act systems of records. This action makes the notices for these systems of records clearer, more accurate, and up-to-date.
Social Finance, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-24207
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Linde AG and Praxair, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-24206
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent orders embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Marathon Petroleum Corp.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-24078
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-11-05
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair methods of competition. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent orders embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
VenPath, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-21947
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
SmartStart Employment Screening, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-21946
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent orderembodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
mResource LLC; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-21945
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
IDmission LLC; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-21944
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving Sets
Document Number: 2018-21803
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-10-09
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of its Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Deceptive Advertising as to Sizes of Viewable Pictures Shown by Television Receiving Sets (``Picture Tube Rule'' or ``Rule''), as part of its systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. Pursuant to that review, the Commission now determines that the Rule is no longer necessary to prevent deceptive claims regarding the size of television screens and to encourage uniformity and accuracy in their marketing. The Commission, therefore, repeals the Rule.
A & O Enterprises Inc and Aaron K. Roberts; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-21749
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-05
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-21377
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-10-02
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The FTC intends to ask the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') to extend for an additional three years the current Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA'') clearance for information collection requirements contained in the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (``COPPA Rule'' or ``Rule''), which will expire on January 31, 2019.
Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil
Document Number: 2018-20273
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-24
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') has completed its regulatory review of the Test Procedures and Labeling Standards for Recycled Oil (``Recycled Oil Rule'' or ``Rule''), as part of the Commission's systematic review of all current Commission regulations and guides. The Commission now updates the Rule's reference to American Petroleum Institute Publication 1509 to reflect the most recent version of that document. Otherwise, the Commission retains the Rule in its current form.
Energy Labeling Rule
Document Number: 2018-20328
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2018-20275
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Granting of Requests for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules
Document Number: 2018-20274
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Patriot Puck; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-20272
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
Sandpiper of California and PiperGear USA; Analysis To Aid Public Comment
Document Number: 2018-20271
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order embodied in the consent agreementthat would settle these allegations.
SES Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2018-20198
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-18
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice is hereby given of the appointment of members to the FTC Performance Review Board.
Telemarketing Sales Rule Fees
Document Number: 2018-20048
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-14
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (the ``Commission'') is amending its Telemarketing Sales Rule (``TSR'') by updating the fees charged to entities accessing the National Do Not Call Registry (the ``Registry'') as required by the Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007.
Premerger Notification; Reporting and Waiting Period Requirements
Document Number: C2-2018-14378
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-09-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Rescission of Guides for the Nursery Industry
Document Number: 2018-19227
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-09-10
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission''), following its initial review of the Guides for the Nursery Industry (``Nursery Guides'' or ``Guides''), proposes to rescind the Guides and remove them from the Code of Federal Regulations.
Impax Laboratories Oral Argument Before the Commission
Document Number: 2018-19226
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-09-06
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'') will meet on Thursday, October 11, 2018, in Room 532 of the Federal Trade Commission Building for an Oral Argument in In the Matter of Impax Laboratories, Inc. The public is invited to attend and observe the open portion of the meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will be closed to the public.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2018-18448
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-08-27
Agency: Federal Trade Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The FTC seeks public comments on the agency's shared enforcement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (``CFPB'') of the information collection requirements in subpart N of the CFPB's Regulation V (``Rule''). That clearance expires on November 30, 2018.