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Lawmakers Question Agencies on Data Protection

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 18, 2011

During Friday's congressional hearing following up on privacy concerns about social networks' handling of personal information, lawmakers questioned the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunication and Information Administration on what steps they are taking to protect users' data online, reports TPM. FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez offered no specific details on her agency's efforts but said it is "looking very closely at the social networking arena." And, the report states, in response to Rep. Joe Barton's (R-TX) question as to whether the FTC needs more legislative authority to effectively regulate the industry, Ramirez said the agency's power was "certainly limited."
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