Privacy Advisor

A comparison of the recent FTC and Commerce Department data privacy frameworks

The privacy landscape in the U.S. is undergoing a major revamping. In December, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Commerce (DoC) separately proposed new policy frameworks for analyzing data privacy. These proposals are the culmination of separate—and comprehensive—reviews conducted by the agencies over the past year. This article summarizes the two proposed frameworks, explores where they are similar and where they differ and suggests what impact these frameworks, if adopted, may have on businesses that collect, use or disclose information about consumers.

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