In an op-ed for The New York Times, former U.S. Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich writes Congress needs to give the agency more enforcement authority to properly handle privacy cases. Rich writes the agency has been able to do what it can under the Federal Trade Commission Act to take on privacy cases; however, it does not allow the agency to set normative privacy standards for tech companies to follow. Rich argues the agency also needs more resources. “The [FTC] needs more lawyers, more investigators, more technologists and state-of-the-art tech tools. Otherwise, it will continue to operate on a shoestring, foregoing certain investigations and understaffing others,” Rich writes. “It’s time for Congress to give the [FTC] the increased authority and resources it has needed for the last 25 years.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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