Collaboration, Not Rivalry, Key In New FTC-FCC Pact
By Margaret Harding McGill (November 19, 2015, 1:44 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission's new agreement to work together on consumer protection issues might as well be a cease-fire in the arms race of data security enforcement actions, attorneys said.
The memorandum of understanding is meant to formalize how the FCC and FTC will coordinate consumer protection efforts, with the goal of avoiding "duplicative, redundant or inconsistent oversight." Though relatively short on specifics and going to pains to indicate neither agency's jurisdiction is limited by the other's, the largely symbolic memorandum does signal the agencies' recognition of their growing overlap in consumer protection, particularly in data security...
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