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Paul Ohm, May 13, 2014
In this article, I focus my remarks on the FTC’s work on data security and consumer privacy, and especially the privacy of information collected from consumers via the internet. I will not focus on the FTC’s important work in other aspects of consumer protection and competition.
At the outset, consider a simple, important fact: The United States boasts the most innovative, dynamic technology industry in the world. The burbling fount of activity and competition and vibrancy in this industry belies any argument that the FTC has sapped the innovative spirit. Indeed, the FTC has demonstrated that consumer protection and technological dynamism can prosperously coexist.