In Part II of our two-part podcast, we discuss the following topics with Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Malini Mithal, Associate Director of the FTC’s Division of Financial Practices: recent FTC enforcement and regulatory activity in the areas of data security, privacy, lead generation, and payments; highlights of the

In Part I of our two-part podcast, we discuss the following topics with Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Malini Mithal, Associate Director of the FTC’s Division of Financial Practices: the FTC’s response to COVID-19, important recent FTC enforcement actions and priorities going forward, Director Smith’s recent blog post on

For our webinar last Thursday, “Consumer Protection: What’s Happening at the FTC,” we were joined by special guest speakers Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Malini Mithal, Associate Director of the FTC’s Division of Financial Practices.  Chris Willis, Practice Leader of Consumer Financial Services Litigation at Ballard Spahr, also participated

While the leadership and priorities of the Federal Trade Commission have changed under the Trump Administration, the FTC continues to take an active role in the enforcement of consumer financial laws.  On May 7, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, Ballard Spahr will hold a webinar, “What’s Happening at the FTC.”  Our special

Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, has written a blog post, “Using Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms,” in which the FTC “offer[s] important lessons about how companies can manage the consumer protection risks of AI and algorithms.”

The blog post makes the following key points:

  • Transparency.  Companies that use AI tools,

The CFPB has issued its annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report covering the CFPB’s and FTC’s activities in 2019.

With regard to the CFPB’s debt collection rulemaking, in her opening message, Director Kraninger only references the Bureau’s May 2019 proposal.  She does not mention the Bureau’s supplemental proposal issued last month that would require

Yesterday, Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, announced the following three major improvements that have been made to FTC orders in data security cases:

  1. Specificity: To counter past criticisms that FTC orders to implement comprehensive information security programs were too vague, FTC orders will now require specific security safeguards that address