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3 On Your Side: Smartphone Insurance

Consumers can buy insurance for their smart phones, but 3 On Your Side’s Jim Donovan takes a look to see if it’s really worth it.


Regulating Online Ads

Advertising and marketing on the internet is, in fact, regulated by the Federal Trade Commission.


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Blog: Contest Winners Offer Way To End Robocalls

By Jim Donovan: Tired of being harrassed by annoying telemarketing calls? Well help may be on the way! The Federal Trade Commission held a nationwide contest for developers to come up with a solution to […]


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FTC Offers Cash Prize For Anti-Robocall Technology Developers

Even if you’re on the Do Not Call list, you still probably get robocalls. The Federal Trade Commission wants to put a stop to that.



New FTC Report Says Credit Report Errors Are Hurting Millions Of Consumers

A new Federal Trade Commission report at least 200 million people covered by the U-S credit reporting industry have at least one error on one of their credit reports.


FTC: Eco-friendly Clothing Must Be As Advertised

What could be more eco-friendly than clothes made of bamboo? Clothes made of rayon.



Mobile Apps May Not Be Child’s Play

Do you have a kid who uses your phone to play games? The FTC has information you need to know.


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Update To Internet Child-Protection Law Misses The Mark, Says Critic

The government is out with new regulations designed to keep kids safe from those who wish to track them online.


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Smartphone Apps for Kids Under Scrutiny Amid FTC Privacy Concerns

In its random examination of 400 smartphone apps designed for children, the FTC says most failed to inform parents about data the app gathered and who could access it.



Overhyped Advertising Claims

If you wanted to be just like Kim Kardashian (and who wouldn’t) and you went out and bought a pair of Skecher’s Shape-up sneakers, you can get money back.


Online Shopping

The Mail Order Rule

Studies show that one dollar of every ten dollars spent is spent in on-line purchases. Now the law may finally be entering the 21st century as the ‘Mail Order Rule’ protects consumers.



BLOG: Skechers Won’t Tone Your Tush, Refunds Coming

By Jim Donovan:  Sorry to tell you this, but the government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers’ fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian’s curves or Brooke […]


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What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen

What’s the first thing you should do if you find that you’re the victim of identity theft? And then what?


Fine Print

3 On Your Side: Consumers Ignore Fine Print

It’s been said that the devil is in the details, and when it comes to fine print, it seems the devil may be getting the upper hand!


Mobile Payment

3 On Your Side: Mobile Payment App Warning

Mobile payment apps allow you to pay for coffee, food and even other merchandise with the wave of your phone at the register. But is using them safe?