FTC looks at “sharing economy” and consumer protection

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it will host a workshop "to examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues raised by the proliferation of online and mobile peer-to peer business platforms in certain sectors of the economy, often referred to as the sharing economy.” The workshop will take place on June 9 in Washington, DC.

Peer-to-peer platforms, which enable suppliers and consumers to connect and do business, have led to the emergence of new business models in industries that have been subject to regulation. The FTC’s sharing economy workshop will explore how regulatory frameworks can accommodate new sharing economy business models while maintaining appropriate consumer protections and a competitive marketplace.

The FTC's announcement is here.

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