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- Published: Wednesday, 22 April 2015 07:22
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Every spring, the FTC issues its Annual Highlights for the previous year. It’s like a corporate annual report, summarizing what we did and how we did it. Interested in our mission to protect consumers? Here are some of 2014’s highlights:
- We shut down scams. Scammers – like fraudulent telemarketers, disreputable debt collectors, and bogus tech support schemers – are good at what they do. That’s why the FTC’s investigations and lawsuits are so important – uncovering scammers’ lies and closing down their operations. When we can, we get money back for victims –and in 2014, we returned more than $65 million to 743,111 people.
- We promoted truth in advertising. Last year, we got court orders against companies that made unsupported claims – for example, that their products would help people lose weight, improve their memories, or prevent allergies in children. We also filed suits against several companies that billed people without their approval.
- We helped protect people’s privacy and personal information. We sued companies over apps that weren’t as secure as they claimed, programs that misrepresented their privacy practices, and sites that improperly collected personal information from children.