FTC Commissioners Call for Federal Privacy Legislation and Highlight Lack of Civil Penalty Enforcement in Senate Hearing

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In their first congressional testimony together as a full commission, the Federal Trade Commissioners expressed support for comprehensive federal privacy legislation before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security on November 27. While the focus of the hearing was primarily on privacy and data security, the Commission’s written testimony provided updates regarding other consumer protection and competition matters.

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Enough of the Patchwork: Tech Industry Group Calls for a National Privacy Framework

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The Internet Association (IA), a group of 40 major internet and technology firms, called for the establishment of a national privacy framework anchored by six privacy principles on Wednesday. In its press release announcing the principles, the IA indicated its support for the American approach to federal privacy legislation that is “consistent nationwide, proportional, flexible, and encourages companies to act as good stewards of the personal information provided to them by individuals.”

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