Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission: Strengthening Protections for Americans' Privacy and Data Security, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, May 8, 2019   [open pdf - 8MB]

This is the May 8, 2019 hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission: Strengthening Protections for Americans' Privacy and Data Security", held before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Of The Committee on Energy and Commerce House of Representatives. From the opening statement of Jan Schakowsky: "The FTC [Federal Trade Commission] is an independent agency created by Congress to protect the American people. Recent media reports have focused on the Federal Trade Commission's potentially record-breaking fine of Facebook. The fact of the matter is that I believe that the public information known about this case underscores the need for comprehensive privacy legislation. And we are really going to focus, at least I am, on privacy legislation and what we can do. And while I appreciate the Commission's work on and action on the Facebook case, I believe the reality is that a large fine in a single case does not meaningfully solve the problems that consumers face because of the FTC's lack of tools it needs to fulfill the mission to protect consumers in today's economy. The FTC needs increased funding and the APA, Administration Procedures Act-I can't stand those acronyms, OK-the rulemaking authority, at a minimum, to restore consumers' confidence in today's digital and brick-and-mortar marketplace, the FTC should be able to pursue multiple investigations both large and small. [...] According to a recent survey, 67 percent of American adults want the Government to act to protect them and to protect their privacy. But as it stands right now, the FTC does not have authority to obtain civil penalties for initial violations for most unfair or deceptive practices, making matters much worse." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph J. Simons, Christine S. Wilson, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, Noah Joshua Phillips, Rohit Chopra.

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Serial No. 116-31
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