New FTC Chair To Shift Data Security Focus To Actual Harm

By Allison Grande (January 26, 2017, 9:28 PM EST) -- With her appointment as acting chairwoman Wednesday, Maureen Ohlhausen is likely to steer the Federal Trade Commission away from privacy and consumer protection issues where consumer harm isn't crystal clear, and could finally answer businesses' long-standing calls for clarity on what exactly constitutes "reasonable" data security efforts.

In a highly expected move, President Donald Trump tapped Ohlhausen, who has been serving as an FTC commissioner since 2012 and is the lone Republican remaining on what will soon be a two-member commission, to replace Edith Ramirez, a Democrat who announced her resignation as FTC chair earlier this month. Ramirez's departure from the...

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