Does your business use a negative option billing model? Here are 3 key requirements you need to follow.

📖 Negative option billing models – while there are various types, these models typically have a term or condition under which the business may interpret the consumer’s inaction to cancel an agreement or refuse a good or service as acceptance of their offer, including the continuation of the offer
– Some common types: automatic renewal, continuity plans, free-to-pay conversions 

💥📝 In response to an increase in complaints about unauthorized charges and difficult cancellation processes, the FTC recently issued a new enforcement policy statement warning companies that they’ll face legal action if they don’t meet these 3 requirements

📚 Summary of the 3 Key Requirements

1️⃣ Provide clear and upfront disclosures of all material terms of the product/service
✔️ Information about the product/service needed to prevent deception about the characteristics of product/service
✔️ Price increase following the end of the trial period and, if applicable, recurring charges unless consumer takes timely actions
✔️ Price to be billed and frequency of billing
✔️ Deadlines by which the consumer must act to stop charges
✔️ Date(s) each charge is submitted for payment
✔️ How to cancel
✔️ Disclosures must be easily noticeable, easy to understand, and not contain any additional information that undermines the consumer’s ability to understand the disclosures 

2️⃣ Receive consumer’s affirmative consent
✔️ Obtain consumer’s acceptance of the negative option feature separately from any other portion of the entire transaction
✔️ Not contain any additional information that undermines the consumer’s ability to provide expressed informed consent

3️⃣ Offer a simple and easy cancellation method
✔️ Provide cancellation method through the same medium and at least as easy as the method used to buy the product/service
✔️ Do not subject consumers to new offers or impose unreasonable delays to the consumer’s cancellation efforts

🎯 Contact me if you need help making sure your business’s marketing is under compliance with the law!


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