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The FTC and Its Enforcement Efforts

PRIVACY—U.S.

July 3, 2012

Forbes reports on U.S. privacy protection efforts, which rest "on a stool with three enforcement legs"--class-action lawyers, the Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general, who are starting to think of themselves as the "Internet police," according to their national association's president, Doug Gansler. The FTC recently responded to a report criticizing the agency by stating on Twitter that it "has brought 39 cases on data security breaches," 16 alleging COPPA violations and more than 100 involving spam and spyware. Meanwhile, Network World reports on consumer data protection rights following the FTC's $800,000 fine against data broker Spokeo. Editor's note: The IAPP recently spoke with Attorney General Doug Gansler on AGs' role as privacy enforcers in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor.
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