Published: May 2017

This guide from the IAPP Westin Research Center describes the various paths the Federal Trade Commission may pursue when it brings privacy cases under its primary consumer protection authority, Section 5(a) of the FTC Act. The guide also discusses the various avenues that the FTC may pursue in seeking these remedies (e.g. administrative adjudication and filing suit directly in federal district court), and how these respective avenues lead to different available outcomes (e.g. fines, injunctive relief). Each path that the Guide outlines includes links to illustrative cases in the IAPP’s FTC Casebook, which serve as examples of instances when the FTC utilized that particular avenue.