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Recent Enforcements Indicate Agency's Focus

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 28, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) recent enforcement actions against two companies should serve as an indication of the kind of privacy intrusions likely to catch its attention, says Maneesha Mithal, director of the division of privacy and identity protection at the FTC. The agency recently finalized a settlement with Twitter after finding it put user privacy at risk. It also brought an enforcement action against ad network Chitika after discovering the network was tracking users after they had opted out. A 30-day public comment period will now determine the settlement's outcome. Mithal added that though the FTC can't regulate mobile phone companies, it can bring action against developers of deceptive apps, MediaPost reports.
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