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Daily Dashboard | At (yet another) House hearing on FTC, chairman pleads: 'No broad rulemaking authority' Related reading: House subcommittee to FTC: What do you need from us?

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While lawmakers at the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee hearing at the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday seemed framed to discuss what kinds of resources the U.S. Federal Trade Commission needs to fulfill its mandate on consumer protection, the five commissioners on hand were ready to make more specific asks — namely, not to be given "broad" rulemaking authority for civil penalty authority that would give the agency some credibility and for lawmakers to first consider what kind of problem a federal law aims to solve before legislating anything at all. While the hearing was largely redundant due to a strikingly similar July hearing — though, yes, some members have rolled off since November elections — the IAPP's Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, was in the room and has the bits that might advance the narrative in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Editor's Note: Last week, FTC Chair Joe Simons discussed the agency's enforcement authority at the Global Privacy Summit in Washington.
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