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January 27, 2017

New FTC Chair Will Shift Data Security Focus to Actual Harm

Maureen Ohlhausen was appointed acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week. Law360 writes that she is likely to steer the FTC “away from privacy and consumer protection issues where consumer harm isn’t crystal clear, and could finally answer businesses’ long-standing calls for clarity on what exactly constitutes ‘reasonable’ data security efforts.”

“In the cybersecurity and privacy realm, acting Chair Ohlhausen will be more exacting in her standards for enforcement actions,” said former FTC Commissioner Julie Brill. Brill went on to say that Ohlhausen will ensure “any case that moves forward is founded on demonstrable and tangible harms.”

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