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Lina Khan promises to use all FTC ‘tools’ to tackle data security

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Lina Khan said the committee will use its “full set of tools” to combat some of the major technology issues such as data privacy, lax security and algorithmic discrimination.

Khan outlined his goals in a letter to Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who was among the lawmakers. urged the FTC earlier this year to initiate a rule-making process that will “protect consumer privacy, promote civil rights, and establish clear protections for the collection and use of personal data in digital economy”.

In a letter to the chair, the lawmakers said the need to act on consumer privacy in the US had become a “consumption crisis”.

In his letter to Blumenthal, Khan — a famous critic of big technology who has wide? support from progressive organizations—Indicates that she shared the legislator’s concerns about trade surveillance and pledged to have the FTC “protect Americans from fraudulent or unfair practices online.” The letter was provided to the Daily Dot by Blumenthal’s office.

Specifically, Khan said the FTC is looking at starting to develop a rule to address “lax security practices, abuses of data privacy, and algorithmic decision-making that could lead to discrimination against customers.” illegal treatment”.

“Regulation can be a useful tool to address the challenges and harms that can result from commercial surveillance and other data practices,” Khan writes. “On an important front, rules can establish clear market-wide requirements and address potential harms on a broader scale.”

She went on to note that the pandemic has made the FTC a “particularly urgent and opportunistic time” to consider how it can “update our approach” to address rights issues. privacy and data security.

Many experts have said that they expect that the FTC will use its regulatory authority more in the months and years to come. During the summer, a coalition of nearly 50 civil rights, internet rights and other groups urge the agency to step in and exercise restraint The “unfair and deceptive” monitoring and data collection practices of major tech giants.

Those groups specifically asked the FTC to use the rule to ban companies from using facial recognition technology, surveillance in public places, and “data abuse across the industry.”


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* First published: December 17, 2021, 1:44 p.m. CST

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is the Daily Dot’s deputy technology editor. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Association of Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

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