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Bob Ferguson

Jan 28 2011
Attorney General Rob McKenna wrote the following post for our Facebook page today. Additionally, Facebook is sharing McKenna's post on its Facebook and Privacy Page, which also includes remarks from experts at the the Future of Privacy Forum, Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and NetChoice.
Jan 18 2011
I’ve done quite a few television interviews in my lifetime, but no one would consider me rich. So when my mother received an e-mail from me last weekend telling her to click on a link to watch my NBC interview about how I’d discovered the secret to becoming wealthy, she knew it was a fake. And I knew I’d been hacked.
Jan 14 2011
Businesses and consumers agree that saying “no” means “no.” But does not saying “no” – or simply remaining silent – qualify as a “yes?" Some marketers seem to think so.
Jan 04 2011
Ascentive, perhaps best known for its FinallyFast.com commercials, must offer refunds to an estimated 5,500 Washington consumers as part of a settlement reached with our Consumer Protection Division.
Dec 20 2010
As you rush to finish up your Christmas shopping, be sure to slow down and make sure you aren’t clicking on either a fake Web site or a Web site that sells fakes. If you’re looking for a bargain, you may end up on a dodgy site. And if you think it’s no big deal if you buy a knockoff as long as the price is low, you probably haven’t heard about perfume that contains urine and antifreeze, exploding Sony Playstation controllers and child-labor horrors. ...
Dec 16 2010
A federal bill imposing new restrictions on online retailers will help protect consumers from sneaky marketing methods used to deceive shoppers into paying for additional services they didn’t want.
Dec 08 2010
If the Federal Trade Commission has its way, Web browsers will include a “Do Not Track” setting that lets you decide if data on your Web surfing activities can be collected. Think of it as the techno-savvy sibling to the “Do Not Call” registry that allows you to avoid telemarketers.
Dec 07 2010
When I first learned about Wizy-Wiz eCommerce and its many past lives, I drew comparisons to the Wizard of Oz who hid behind lies until Dorothy lifted the curtain.
Nov 16 2010
Black Friday is the time when retailers hope to move from being in the red to being in the black. Attorney General Rob McKenna's top 10 list of shopping tips will help you spend less and avoid scams during the holiday shopping season.
Nov 10 2010
Despite all the warnings, many folks who use social networks leave themselves vulnerable to identity theft and threats to their physical safety.

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