FTC Unfairness Authority Designed To Be Broad, Brill Says

Law360, New York (February 19, 2014, 7:39 PM EST) -- Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill on Wednesday defended the agency's contested use of its unfairness authority to police companies' data security practices and competition issues such as invitations to collude, saying that the commission's enabling statute gives it broad enforcement authority.

During a wide-ranging discussion at a forum held by the New York University School of Law, Brill acknowledged that “there has been a lot of discussion lately” about the actual scope of the agency's authority to police “unfair methods of competition” and “unfair … acts...
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