FTC Says Lack Of Staff Limits Privacy Probes, Enforcement

By Ben Kochman (June 22, 2020, 9:23 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's lack of privacy staff compared to European data protection watchdogs limits its ability to investigate children's privacy abuses and probe the risks of facial recognition technology, the agency told Congress on Friday. 

Only 40 of the consumer protection agency's staff of more than 1,000 people are devoted full-time to investigating privacy complaints. That leaves the agency vastly understaffed compared to its peers in far smaller European countries, including the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office, which has about 700 employees, and the Irish Data Protection Commission, which has about 180 employees, the FTC said.

FTC Chairman Joe Simons, a...

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