FTC Mulls Policy Changes To Rein In Large Data Grabs

Law360, New York (December 6, 2012, 9:50 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission revealed Thursday it may tighten restrictions on companies' collection and use of large quantities of consumer data due to privacy implications.

During a workshop Thursday that brought together industry members, privacy advocates and academics, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill indicated the agency was open to revising its privacy framework if comprehensive collection of Web data warranted heightened restrictions or enhanced consent to protect and inform users.

In its March privacy report, the commission had told companies that consent wasn't required for the collection...
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