FTC's Brill Says Privacy Violators Aren't Always Liable

Law360, Washington (March 8, 2012, 8:14 PM EST) -- Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill on Thursday shot down the notion that companies that take reasonable measures to protect users’ privacy had no recourse for avoiding regulatory scrutiny if their policies failed to meet the agency’s standards.

During a session at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ annual global privacy summit, George Washington University Professor Howard Beales suggested to Brill that merely taking steps to implement strong privacy protections won’t save companies facing enforcement actions.

Beales said such situations are unlike data breaches, where companies can...
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