FTC considering new online data collection rules

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The Federal Trade Commission is launching a new effort to limit and protect the data collected by online businesses.

FTC Chairman Linda Khan said her agency would soon begin work on new rules which she says will protect Americans from growing online surveillance. She said companies collect and can sell “an impressive array of context about where we are, how healthy we are, what we read online, who we meet, what we buy.”

Data privacy advocates, who have been sounding the alarm for years, applauded the FTC’s announcement.

“It’s a really positive decision,” said Keir Lamont of the Future Privacy Forum. “We are currently one of the few major economies in the world that does not have a comprehensive framework to govern the collection and use of personal information.”

He argued that federal privacy laws need to be updated to fill in the gaps.

“For example … data from your medical records is protected by federal law, but equally sensitive data from your fitness tracker would not have those same protections,” Lamont said.

Groups like NetChoice, which represents online giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook, say the FTC has become political and consumers will ultimately pay the price.

“It’s just an attack on advertising,” said Carl Szabo of NetChoice, noting that advertising is what keeps online businesses from having to charge fees. “They’re happy to throw away the free services we enjoy every day because Democratic Federal Trade Commission commissioners are part of that elite class who are more than happy to pay subscription fees.”

The FTC will hold its first public forum on the issue on September 8.

“We’re very, very excited to hear from the public,” Khan said.

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