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FTC's Vladeck Discusses Enforcement Actions, Future

CONSUMER PRIVACY—U.S.

June 27, 2012

In a Q&A with MIT's Technology Review, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection Director David Vladeck discusses the risks consumers face online, the significance of recent enforcement actions and changing the privacy paradigm to meet the challenges posed in the digital age. Vladeck said the 20-year audits levied in recent settlements are "important signals to industry." In addition to urging industry self-regulation around do not track, the FTC is bringing in more technology experts for its "forensic mobility lab" and warns that the emerging practice of using smartphones as wallets will pose new security and privacy challenges. 
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