by Deepak Gupta
- Chair of Product Safety Agency Says Beefing Up Her Agency Would "Harm" Americans: In the wake of growing public concern over the number of unsafe toys and other products on the market, the chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nancy Nord, has told Congress that a Senate safety bill--which would more than double her anemic agency budget and expand its authority--would "put the American people at greater risk." [U.S. PIRG Consumer Blog] [Washington Post].
- Postgame Coverage of the Arbitration Hearing: For those of you who didn't get to attend or watch yesterday's hearing on binding mandatory arbitration, we plan to bring you the next best thing: Paul Bland of Public Justice will be posting his own expert observations on the proceedings. In the meantime, here's some coverage from around the web: How Arbitration Steals Your Day in Court [MSNBC] and Liveblogging the House Judiciary Subcommitee Hearing [Consumerist].
- FTC Workshop on Privacy and Advertising: On November 1st and 2nd, the Federal Trade Commission is holding a two-day workshop to address consumer protection issues raised by the tracking of consumers' activities online in connection with online advertising/behavioral advertising. The agenda is available here. Those who are interested but cannot attend can watch a live webcast here.
- Numbers Won't Be Dropped from the Do-Not-Call List (At Least For Now): The FTC has announced that it's not going to drop numbers from the do-not-call list, at least pending a final Congressional or agency decision on whether to make registration permanent. Because of an internal scrubbing program that removes reassigned or disconnected numbers, there's no need to drop the numbers on the list.