• On August 26, 2011, the FTC announced updated fees for accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. Telemarketers must download the numbers regularly to ensure that they do not call consumers who have put their numbers on the Registry. Starting October 1, 2011, telemarketers will pay $56 (an increase of $1) for access to Registry phone numbers in a single area code, up to a maximum charge of $15,503 for all area codes nationwide (an increase from the previous maximum of $15,058). They will pay $28 per area code (a $1 increase) for numbers they subscribe to during the second half of the 12-month subscription period. More information is available here.
  • On September 1, 2011, Deanya Kueckelhan, Director of the FTC Southwest Regional Office, testified about child identity theft on behalf of the agency before the Subcommittee on Social Security of the House Ways and Means Committee at a field hearing in Plano, Texas. Ms. Keuckelhan identified the steps the FTC is taking to combat identity theft through law enforcement, nationwide complaint management, and education. She also highlighted the recent FTC publication “Protecting Your Child’s Personal Information at School,” which is designed to educate parents about how to limit the risk of identity theft for their children. More information on the testimony is available here. The publication is available here.