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Where the FTC is Headed in 2014

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 5, 2013

On Capitol Hill Tuesday, all four FTC commissioners testified before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee—their first-ever joint appearance in Congress—to defend their regulatory role and ask for more authority in the rapidly developing digital economy. According to Politico, the commissioners faced tough questions from the Republican-dominated subcommittee on its current budget, resources and authority, but FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said her agency is limited in its current authority and that baseline federal privacy legislation is needed. The scope of the FTC’s authority, the privacy issues with which it’s grappled and the day-to-day work of its staff on consumer privacy issues were also the focus during Wednesday’s IAPP Practical Privacy Series in Washington, DC. Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, provides an exclusive report for The Privacy Advisor on remarks by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who co-chairs the bipartisan privacy working group in the House Energy and Commerce Committee with Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), and FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich.
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