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GIPC and CPSC Issue Guidelines for Smart Online Shopping
During this holiday season, it’s hard to believe that “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Americans are taking to their mice—computer mice, that is—in record numbers to facilitate their holiday shopping. The Department of Commerce expects a 15.7% jump in online 3Q spending over last year’s $44.7 billion.
While we look to the Internet for blowout deals or totally unique items, online consumers must remain vigilant about who they are purchasing their products from. Unfortunately, the line between legitimate and illicit can get increasingly fuzzy over the anonymity of the Internet, with devious websites selling fake products that could expose consumers to identity theft, malware, or even physical harm.
Today, the U.S. Chamber’s Global IP Center and Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a set of tips and guidelines to empower consumers to make smart and informed decisions when shopping online. When navigating the e-marketplace, consumers should live by these rules of thumb:
For a more detailed look at what you can do to be a smart online shopper, please click here to see the full release.
To learn more about what government and industry are doing to fight counterfeiting and piracy, visit www.fightonlinetheft.com.