FTC Commissioner Continues Attack On FCC Data Rules

Law360, New York (June 28, 2016, 4:55 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen repeatedly criticized the Federal Communications Commission's approach to data privacy rules Tuesday, arguing the agency would stifle uses of innocuous data and lessen protections on sensitive consumer information.

Ohlhausen has contrasted the FCC's proposed internet service provider privacy rules with the FTC's own approach based on a "reasonableness" standard. While the FTC's approach is meant to account for the steps taken by companies relative to the risks involved with that data, Ohlhausen said, the FCC's approach does not have that level of nuance.

"This leads both to undermining protection for sensitive data and chilling innovative uses...

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