Privacy groups blast US FTC as digital ad industry ‘lapdog’

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Privacy groups blast US FTC as digital ad industry ‘lapdog’

By David Mclaughlin

Leading privacy watchdog groups lashed out at the US Federal Trade Commission for siding with the advertising industry as part of an initiative to update consumer-data protections.

The organizations, which include the Consumer Federation of America and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told FTC Chairman Joe Simons in a letter Nov 26 that the agency relied on a “self-serving study” by the ad industry to warn against a policy in which consumers are opted out of online advertising by default.

“They’re incapable of standing up for the public and taking on these powerful interests,” he said. “We need a real watchdog, not a lapdog.”

“For example, if consumers were opted out of online advertisements by default (with the choice of opting in), the likely result would include the loss of advertising-funded online content,” the FTC said.

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