The Federal Trade Commission and other consumer protection agencies have unveiled an updated website for international consumer protection and enforcement.

The International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network is an organization composed of consumer protection authorities from over 60 countries. ICPEN members seek to protect consumers from fraudulent, deceptive and unfair commercial practices by sharing information about cross-border issues and encouraging cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies.

The website provides new tools for members to securely share intelligence on unlawful commercial practices. Additionally, victims of international scams are able to file a complaint on the website, which is available in eight languages, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish and Turkish.

Through arrangements and agreements with consumer protection enforcement agencies in foreign countries, and through multilateral organizations, the FTC pursues investigations that affect U.S. consumers and promotes cooperation in furtherance of best practices.

The FTC also develops policies that promote consumer choice and encourage consumer confidence in the international marketplace, with a particular focus on e-commerce and emerging technologies.

Contact an FTC advertising compliance and defense lawyer at Hinch Newman to discuss current regulatory policies or if your company is the subject of a regulatory investigation.

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Richard B. Newman is an Internet marketing compliance and regulatory defense attorney at Hinch Newman LLP focusing on advertising and digital media matters. His practice includes conducting legal compliance reviews of advertising campaigns, representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General, commercial litigation, advising clients on promotional marketing programs, and negotiating and drafting legal agreements.

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