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Reports Examine FTC Efforts To Address Data Collection

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 28, 2012

An investigative report published in Wired suggests "the federal government is often the last to know about digital invasions of your privacy." Focusing on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its role as "lead agency in the government's effort to ensure that companies do not cross the still-hazy border between acceptable and unacceptable data collection," the report suggests, "the agency's ambitions are clipped by a lack of both funding and legal authority, reflecting a broader uncertainty about the role government should play in what is arguably America's most promising new industry." Meanwhile, an InformationWeek report examines the recent Spokeo settlement, suggesting the FTC is attempting to enforce the differences between consumer reporting agencies and "people search" services.
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