Execs Can't Skirt Blame For Privacy Missteps, FTC Atty Warns

By Allison Grande (September 30, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT) -- A senior Federal Trade Commission attorney on Tuesday cautioned corporate executives that they can be held personally liable for false advertising and privacy violations tied to their businesses, pointing to the recently affirmed $163 million judgment against an executive at a company the commission accused of running a "scareware" scheme.

During a presentation at the National Advertising Division's annual conference in New York City, Lesley A. Fair, a senior attorney in the commission's Division of Consumer Protection and Business Education, outlined the regulator's enforcement priorities and key advertising and privacy cases that have been brought and settled in recent months....

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