FTC Defends Cybersecurity Authority In Wyndham Suit

Law360, New York (May 24, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission is mounting a fierce defense of its ability to hold companies accountable for the security of consumer data they collect, blasting attempts by Wyndham Worldwide Corp. to escape a New Jersey suit over a series of costly lapses.

The agency on May 21 rejected Wyndham’s allegations that it is vastly overstepping the authority granted it under Section 5 of the FTC Act in attempting to punish the hotel empire for alleged security failures that led to three breaches in two years, resulting...
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