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FTC Chairwoman Pushes Back Against White House Privacy Draft

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Jessica Rich, director of the agency's Bureau of Consumer Protection, today offered significant pushback against the Obama administration's draft privacy legislation released last month (TRDaily, Feb. 27), saying that some of the draft's provisions might weaken current FTC enforcement authority and leave agency authority in limbo while provisions of the legislation were being enacted.

The White House said last month that its privacy draft aims to protect individual privacy through the use of enforceable codes of conduct developed for specific industries and contexts, but the draft prompted criticisms both from industry, which said that approach would stifle innovation, and from some lawmakers and consumer groups, who said the proposal would not go far enough to protect privacy.

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