Group Backs FTC Authority In Wyndham Data Breach Case

By Allison Grande (May 29, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT) -- Public Citizen Inc. on Wednesday pushed a New Jersey federal court to allow the Federal Trade Commission to pursue companies like Wyndham Worldwide Corp. over alleged failures to secure consumer data, saying that regulatory actions currently provide the strongest recourse for affected consumers.

In a proposed amicus curiae brief in support of the FTC, the public advocacy group along with University of California Berkeley School of Law lecturer in residence Chris Jay Hoofnagle pushed back at Wyndham's argument that the regulator is vastly overstepping its unfairness authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act in attempting to punish the hotel empire...

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