FTC Supports Consumer Privacy Legislation

That is probably not a huge surprise. Here’s a note about David Vladeck’s testimony yesterday before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. The testimony recounted the FTC’s actions against businesses that fail to protect customer data, as well as the FTC’s enforcement actions dealing with illegal spam and Do Not Call violations. Do Not Call violators have paid almost $40 million in civil penalties. Anyone feel sorry for telemarketers? No? I just hope when the FTC announced the fines, they called those guys during dinner to tell them. Vladeck also endorsed pending privacy legislation introduced by Bobby Rush and Rick Boucher. Federal legislation in this area is probably a matter of when, not if.