FTC weighs sweeping new rules on 'commercial surveillance' and Big Data

On Thursday, the FTC announced it is accepting public input on whether to draft new data privacy rules, a prelude to a possible rulemaking action. The decision to solicit feedback, approved in a 3-2 vote by the agency’s commissioners, reflects FTC Chair Lina Khan’s aggressive push to curb what she has described as a “commercial surveillance” industry that profits from lax cybersecurity practices and weak restrictions on how consumer data can be collected, shared and analyzed. It also targets what agency officials described as a steady stream of data breaches that have led to repeated leaks of consumer information in recent years, along with businesses’ handling of digital health

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