• On May 19, 2011, David Vladeck, Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on the privacy implications of mobile technology. In his pre-filed testimony, Mr. Vladeck detailed the FTC’s efforts to protect consumers in the mobile marketplace, and emphasized the importance of protecting the privacy of young people in the online environment. Mr. Vladeck also noted that the FTC has taken a number of steps to increase its ability to handle issues involving mobile technology, including hiring technologists, assembling a team to conduct research on mobile issues, and training other agency staff on mobile issues.

A copy of Mr. Vladeck’s testimony can be found here.

An FTC press release discussing the testimony can be found here.

  • On May 4, 2011, the FTC filed comments with the FCC in Docket No. CG 11-50, Petitions For Declaratory Ruling Concerning The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Rules. It urged the FCC to find that (1) under the TCPA, a call placed by a third-party marketing agent is a call made on behalf of, and initiated by, the seller – even if the seller did not place the call; and (2) the plain meaning of the phrase "on behalf of," which is found in the TCPA and in the Commission’s rules, should be used when determining whether a seller should be liable for illegal conduct by its marketers. The FTC urged this interpretation so that the FCC’s approach to enforcement of its telemarketing rules remains consistent with the FTC’s longstanding approach.

A copy of the FTC’s comments can be found here.