Trade Group Questions Settlement
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.December 1, 2011
Responding to the recent privacy settlement between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Facebook, a trade group representing companies such as Google and Microsoft has questioned the length of time of required privacy audits, The Hill reports. Computer & Communications Industry Association President Ed Black said, "Regardless of the merits of this latest settlement, we have some concern that the 20-year oversight provisions seem to be becoming the norm. This may be unnecessarily long when dealing with dynamic companies that have competitive reasons to be responsive to the privacy demands of their customers." Many lawmakers have applauded the settlement, however, including Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), who said that "in many ways, this settlement clearly demonstrates that the privacy debate in Washington remains unresolved."