Give the FTC some teeth to guard our privacy

Source: Jessica Rich, N.Y. Times Op Ed (Paid Registration)

You might think that after the Federal Trade Commission levied a $5 billion fine against Facebook for privacy violations relating to Cambridge Analytica, the agency has great power to protect our privacy on the internet.

But in fact the F.T.C. lacks both the legal authority and resources to be fully effective in this area. The reason? Congress has repeatedly declined to enact a broad-based federal privacy and data security law setting strong privacy standards, codifying penalties for wrongdoers and allocating the staff and funds necessary to enforce the law nationwide.

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