Serial No. 108-30: Reauthorization of the Federal Trade Commission: Positioning the Commission for the Twenty-First Century: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, June 11, 2003   [open pdf - 260KB]

Serial No. 108-30: The purpose of this hearing is the reauthorization of the Federal Trade Commission. The first FTC legislative proposal calls for the elimination of the FTC Act's common carrier exemption. The second Federal Trade Commission legislative proposal addresses spam, the modern scourge of e-mail users everywhere. Another issue is the Commission's sweeping cross-border fraud legislative proposal. Mr. Stearns also states, in conclusion, that "First, I think it is imperative that the Commission focus more resources on its efforts fighting ID theft and assisting the victims of this crime. I ask that the Commission consider any and all ideas that would help consumers find speedy redress. Time permitting, I will raise with you a few thoughts that I have during the question and answer session. Second, I think it is time for the Commission to seriously consider promulgating a rule separate and distinct from the franchise rule addressing business opportunities. Third, I have followed the Commission's activities with respect to information security, specifically the Eli Lilly and Microsoft consent agreements. I again commend the Commission for being proactive on an issue of very substantial importance. Still, I am concerned that consent decrees concluded at the agency level may now effectively become the corpus of legal guidance on information security obligations with respect to their customer's personal data. I seek to explore this issue this morning and in the near future with the Commission". Testimony, statements and additional materials submitted for the record include those of the following persons: Thomas B. Leary, Timothy J. Muris, Orson Swindle, and the Federal Trade Commission. An archived webcast of this hearing is available at: http://energycommerce.house.gov/108/Hearings/06112003hearing966/hearing.htm

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