FTC And Privacy: Achievements In 2013, Priorities For 2014

Law360, New York (January 6, 2014, 12:43 PM EST) -- This article looks at the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy activities in 2013, as well as looking ahead to likely FTC privacy priorities in 2014.

The FTC is frequently — and correctly — called “America’s privacy regulatory agency.”[1] Although privacy advocates, the media and even members of Congress sometimes complain that the FTC’s privacy accomplishments fall short, this overlooks the FTC’s limited legal tools and limited (and shrinking) resources.

In 2013, for example, the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (the arm of the FTC charged with privacy...
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