There’s no point passing a comprehensive federal privacy legislation if the main enforcement agency doesn’t have the means to hold feet to the fire.
Specifically, the FTC is looking for targeted rulemaking authority, jurisdiction over nonprofits and common carriers and for the ability to seek civil penalties to discourage unlawful conduct and create the proper deterrents for bad actors.
“There is more and more data collection and our largest firms in the economy are relying heavily on how to monetize that data,” said Democratic Commissioner Rohit Chopra. “It’s a bigger and bigger part of US GDP, and if that is going to grow, the FTC’s resources have to grow commensurately. When cities grow, they hire more cops, and we have to do the same.”
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