Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Protect yourself

The Federal Trade Commission is my first destination when I get a variety of reference topics that involve making sure that individuals are not being "ripped off" by an entity:
CREDIT: Consumers have important protections under the Fair Credit Reporting Act
IDENTITY THEFT: How to fight it
PRIVACY: A delineation of the rights of the consumer
CONSUMER INFORMATION: Things to know about Lasik eye surgery, indoor tanning, product labeling
CONSUMER PROTECTION: Deciphering advertising and marketing practices, avoiding scams
FRANCHISING: Certain states (including) NYS) have tougher regulations for would be franchisers

Another valuable national tool in consumer protection is The Consumer Protection Safety Commission. It describes itself as an "independent US regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products." These are the folks who issue the product recalls that sometimes make the papers.

New York State also has a Consumer Protection Board where one can register for Do Not Call, complain about utilities’ excesses, plus many of the function s of the FTC on a state level.


Anonymous said...

I find your blog helpful. So far your info on Marketing, credit, and inventors can easily be used by our Center as part of handouts when we produce a related workshop. On the giving the Research Network prep time, how do I do that on the WEBMQS?
Angel Roman

Mary Beth said...

As Darrin mentioned in the blog on June 20th, only the Research Network is authorized to enter its research time on WebMQS. If a business advisor spends time communicating with the Research Network (such as by phone or e-mail), the advisor should enter that time as his/her own Prep time.