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How the FTC Isn’t the Only U.S. DPA on the Block


December 13, 2013

“The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has understandably been the focus of much attention in the data privacy world” and has even been called the “U.S.’s de facto Data Protection Authority,” write Divonne Smoyer, CIPP/US, and Aaron Lancaster, CIPP/US. “We respectfully disagree,” they add. In this Privacy Perspectives installment, Smoyer, a Dickstein Shapiro partner, and Lancaster, a Dickstein Shapiro counsel, make the argument that the FTC faces “unprecedented challenges, while state attorneys general, who have similar—and in some instances greater—authority, are taking more and more steps to protect the privacy of their citizens.”
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