US FTC starts process of tackling commercial surveillance practices

“Firms now collect personal data on individuals at a massive scale and in a stunning array of contexts,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan. “The growing digitization of our economy—coupled with business models that can incentivize endless hoovering up of sensitive user data and a vast expansion of how this data is used—means that potentially unlawful practices may be prevalent. Our goal today is to begin building a robust public record to inform whether the FTC should issue rules to address commercial surveillance and data security practices and what those rules should potentially look like.” from full from Press release here

Press conference with journalist Q&A recording

Lina Khan twitter thread.

Counter-take from Xoggler, now Big Tech lobbyist in thread here.

The FTC is seeking comment from the US public in a forum on Sept 8 and invites comments in the next 60 days.

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I hope they actually do it. The whole process is taking too long.

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