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Opinion: Who’s the Most Active Enforcer?

PRIVACY—U.S.

August 23, 2013

In a post for Concurring Opinions, Robert Gellman discusses recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforcement activities, writing, “I want to put FTC privacy activities into a perspective by comparing the FTC with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Health and Human Services.” Gellman cites statistics, writing the FTC reported 153 cases from 1997 through February of this year, while the “OCR investigated 19,726 complaints that revealed a violation during the 10-year period ending in April 2013.” Gellman opines, “It seems to me that it is difficult to look at the numbers and still think that the FTC’s record justifies grand claims about the role of the FTC as a general enforcer of privacy standards in the commercial sector.”
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