FTC Seeks To Expand Authority Over Corporate Data Security, Privacy Practices 

The CyberPrivacy Brief:

  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment by August 20, 2018, whether the agency should increase its enforcement power on corporate privacy and data security practices.
  • The notice follows FTC Chairman Joseph Simons comments at the July 18 House subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection hearing.
  • Mr. Simons urged Congress to give the agency greater authority and resources to address privacy and data security cases.

“Under my leadership, privacy and data security will continue to be an enforcement priority. The FTC will use every tool in its arsenal to address consumer harm,” Mr. Simons said at the hearing.

Beginning in September 2018, the agency will hold public hearings to consider whether “broad-based changes in the economy, evolving business practices, new technologies, or international developments might require adjustments to competition and consumer protection law, enforcement priorities, and policy,” according to the notice, published in the Federal Register on Aug.6th.

These hearings are expected to continue through January 2019 and involve 15 to 20 public sessions in various locations in Washington, DC and in other parts of the country.

The Commission also seeks comment on increasing or evolving its authority in several other areas including big data and competition. Stakeholders include consumers, business representatives, economists, lawyers, academics, information technology professionals, and other interested parties.

According to HealthIT Security, the FTC seeks to “impose civil penalties in privacy and data security cases, authority over nonprofits and common carriers, authority to issue implementing rules under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).”

Further Reading

FTC Seeks Greater Data Security, Privacy Authority

Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission

FTC Seeks Comment on Fundamental Privacy Enforcement Issues

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