The Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that it has issued its annual report on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act  to Congress.

At a time when many consumers are facing debt problems, the Federal Trade Commission has issued its annual report detailing the steps the agency has taken to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive debt collection practices and educate the public on the subject.

The 32nd Annual Report to Congress on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act presents, for 2009, an overview of the types of consumer complaints received by the FTC, descriptions of the agency’s debt-collection law enforcement actions, and a summary of its consumer and industry education efforts and research and policy initiatives. The act prohibits deceptive, unfair, and abusive practices by third-party debt collectors.

The act also requires the FTC to submit annual reports to Congress.

Download the complete report here.

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