Mexico and the US enter into an agreement to protect online consumers; risk of offshore sites operating in Mexico increases In a collaborative effort to provide further protection to consumers of both countries, the Mexican Federal Consumer Protection Bureau (PROFECO) and its US counterpart, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), entered into an agreement that will provide consumers from both countries the opportunity to receive market information on certain products through alerts. In Mexico, evaluation of a product or service conducted by PROFECO's Verification Unit, which is in charge of enforcing rules on online providers, that determines its unsuitability for sale will trigger an issuance of an alert, which will then be immediately published at the PROFECO website and other appropriate forms of media. These alerts will also be made available to consumers in the United States and Canada. Thus, online providers operating in Mexico as offshore sites which are found to breach consumer protection regulation may face some negative advertising in Mexico, the United States and Canada. For more information, please contact Carlos Vela-Trevino.