FTC Oversight Bill Fails in Committee

The House Energy and Commerce Committee last week passed a number of targeted reforms to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), but an attempt to grant the FTC authority to regulate tax-exempt organizations failed during the amendment process. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) had introduced H.R. 5255 to give the FTC jurisdiction to protect consumer interests in… Read more »

ACT Panel Notes Change in Focus at IRS EO Office

The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) presented its annual recommendations to the IRS on June 8, including some specific areas where the Exempt Organizations (EO) office might focus its attention beginning next year. The ACT report, based on extensive interviews with the tax-exempt sector, notes a “stark perception” that the role… Read more »

ASAE Submits Comments on FTC Green Guide Rules

With the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) considering revisions to regulations that govern, for example, how appliances can label themselves as energy efficient, ASAE submitted comments yesterday asking the agency to reconsider its proposed rule regarding certifications of environmental standards sponsored by associations. The FTC’s proposed rule is an update of the FTC “green guides” for… Read more »

FTC Outlines Do-Not-Track Plan

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its recommendation for the creation of a “do-not-track” Internet privacy database, which would allow consumers to opt-out of having their browsing information collected by websites and site advertisers.  The recommendation is part of a broader push to further protect consumers from privacy breaches but could hinder advertisers and… Read more »

Administration to Offer Differing Online Privacy Guidelines

Andreas (L) and Laetitia, local inhabitants, pose with a laptop during a Google Street View startup event in Oberstaufen, November 2, 2010. The first panoramic images of German locations became available on Tuesday in Google Street View online service.  REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)

According to a New York Times article Wednesday, the federal government could soon be issuing two sets of Internet privacy guidelines from two different agencies, both of which have different means of addressing online privacy issues. The Department of Commerce has said that it will soon issue a paper arguing for a private/public partnership on… Read more »