FTC Exceeded Its Authority In Zoom Cybersecurity Settlement

Law360 (November 17, 2020, 6:15 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission's cybersecurity settlement last week with videoconferencing platform Zoom Video Communications Inc. reflects a concerning practice that has persisted for over two decades: In its zeal to address the problem of cybercrime, the agency regularly oversteps its authority in this arena.

Businesses need to be aware of how the FTC is overreaching and think carefully before accepting a settlement based on claims and remedies that exceed the agency's powers.

Many simply assume that, because virtually all businesses have agreed to settlements when faced with FTC cybersecurity enforcement, the agency must be acting within its rights. But this is...

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