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Funding of Online Privacy Enforcement Questioned

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 3, 2011

POLITICO reports on the ongoing consideration by the U.S. Congress to expand the role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) when it comes to enforcing online privacy and the question of whether the funding will be in place to assist such efforts. "The FTC over the past few months has brokered landmark privacy settlements...even as the agency's privacy team and roughly $291 million budget for 2011 has remained relatively small," the report states, questioning whether plans to task the FTC with overseeing laws related to online advertising and children's privacy will "drown under the wave of fiscal austerity sweeping Capitol Hill this year."
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