The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced they will host a workshop on June 9, 2015, in Washington, D.C. to examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues associated with online and mobile peer-to-peer business platforms.  Such peer-to-peer platforms connect consumers with suppliers in order to do business, and examples of such peer-to-peer platforms include ride-sharing and property rental.  While traditional platforms link a buyer with a single seller, emerging new business models enable many buyers and sellers to connect in order to do business.  In an effort to understand these virtual marketplaces, the FTC is seeking public comment on a number of questions that touch on the regulation and oversight of such platforms, and involve such issues as privacy and data security concerns, and the hindrance of innovation and consumer choice.  The full release, including comment deadlines, is available here.