FTC Head Wants More Power To Penalize For Data Breaches

By Brian Mahoney (December 12, 2013, 6:33 PM EST) -- The head of the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday said she would continue to seek greater enforcement authority for the agency, including the power to impose civil penalties on companies arising from alleged data breach violations.

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said at a privacy forum in Washington that she wants the commission to be seen as an "enforcer" against companies that inadequately protect consumer data. Specifically, Ramirez supports national law requiring companies to notify consumers in the event of a data breach, as well as authority to penalize data breaches.

"I'd like to see FTC be the enforcer," Ramirez said. "So...

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