Friday, March 29, 2013

The FDA BLog has a must read--Disclosures in a Small Space: The FTC’s Revisions to .Com Disclosure

 Katie Bond –


Somewhat later than anticipated, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has published a revised version of its guide, .Com Disclosures.  The FTC released the original guide 13 years ago, when mobile phones had not yet met the internet and social media barely existed.  In the new version of the guide, updated recommendations and new examples focus on how to craft disclosures given the smaller screen sizes of smartphones as compared to computers and the character and space limitations of most social media (e.g., the 140-character limit for Twitter tweets).
Clear & Conspicuous Requirement.  Under the FTC Act, if a disclosure is necessary to prevent a claim from being deceptive, then the disclosure must be “clear and conspicuous.”  The revised guide, like the 2000 version, continues to emphasize that advertisers should consider the following factors in determining whether an online disclosure is clear and conspicuous:

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