Past FTC Officials Back Resource Boost for Consumer Privacy Work

Sept. 29, 2021, 8:40 PM

Former Federal Trade Commission officials lined up behind a Democratic proposal in Congress to boost agency resources for policing consumer privacy as the tech industry’s collection and use of data outpaces enforcement.

The commission is underfunded and understaffed, especially when it comes to having in-house technologists who can oversee companies’ data handling and their compliance with agency enforcement orders, said David Vladeck, a law professor at Georgetown University who previously directed the FTC’s consumer protection bureau.

“That’s an endemic problem, and it’s going to be an enduring problem unless Congress allocates more resources to the FTC,” Vladeck said Wednesday at ...

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