FTC's Deal With Uber Shows It Won't Let Up On Data Security

By Allison Grande (August 18, 2017, 8:35 PM EDT) -- A settlement imposed Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission against Uber for failing to deliver on its data-security promises signals the agency is intent on enforcing consumer information safeguards in spite of statements the acting chairman made after her appointment by the Trump administration, attorneys say.

Some legal experts said that while this FTC promises to be more business-friendly than its predecessor, the agency will still act against companies that don't make good on data-protection assurances, an enforcement approach in line with commissions of the recent past.

But others decried the FTC's decision not to impose harsher sanctions against Uber —...

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