Privacy / Security

New FTC chief warns Google, Twitter, big data companies to respect consumer privacy

19th Aug `13, 10:00 AM in Privacy / Security

The new head of the US Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez, says that her agency will take a…

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The new head of the US Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez, says that her agency will take a more active role in policing companies that collect large amounts of data, and that the FTC will not be afraid to sue them for privacy and security violations. In a toughly-worded “big data” speech delivered earlier today at a technology forum in Aspen, Colorado, Ramirez pointed to previous instances when the FTC has brought lawsuits and enforcement actions against Google, Twitter, and even the Wyndham hotel chain, all for not properly handling consumer data in various ways. In a recurring metaphor, Ramirez said the FTC’s role was that of a “lifeguard.” “Like the lifeguard at the beach… the FTC will remain vigilant to ensure that while innovation pushes forward, consumer privacy is not engulfed by that wave,” she said.

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