FTC Tests Limits Of Data Security Power In D-Link Action

By Allison Grande (January 9, 2017, 4:35 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission has dialed up its aggressive policing of corporate data security in faulting connected device manufacturer D-Link for missteps that allegedly left consumer data vulnerable but not exposed, but the company's decision to fight back and a looming change in leadership at the commission could spell the end for such security sweeps.

In a complaint filed in California federal court Thursday, the commission accused Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer D-Link Corp. of violating the unfairness and deception prongs of Section 5 of the FTC Act by leaving consumers' information vulnerable to hackers by allegedly failing to properly secure...

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