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FTC Proposes New Rules for Consumer Data and Privacy Protection
Aaron Boyd writes the following in the Aug. 19 article “FTC Considering New Data Privacy Regulations That Go Beyond Asking Users for Consent” for Nextgov:
The Federal Trade Commission [FTC] is considering establishing new rules for how companies collect, secure, use and sell consumers’ data that go beyond asking users to agree to opaque and often misleading terms of service.
On [Aug. 22], the commission will post an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, or ANPR, that outlines current consumer data issues and asks for public feedback on creating new regulations that focus on baseline privacy, data security and corporate accountability rather than user consent.
‘Specifically, the commission invites comment on whether it should implement new trade regulation rules or other regulatory alternatives concerning the ways in which companies collect, aggregate, protect, use, analyze, and retain consumer data, as well as transfer, share, sell, or otherwise monetize that data in ways that are unfair or deceptive,’ states the notice set to publish Aug. 22 in the Federal Register. …
As the commission considers new regulatory options, FTC is using this comment period and an upcoming virtual public forum on Sept. 8 ‘to generate a public record about prevalent commercial surveillance practices or lax data security practices that are unfair or deceptive, as well as about efficient, effective, and adaptive regulatory responses.’
For more information, read the article.
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