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Sen. Rockefeller, Rep. Issa clash over LabMD data breach case

Fireworks erupted even before House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) gaveled to order a recent hearing focusing generally on the FTC’s Section 5 authority and specifically on the Commission’s administrative trial proceedings against LabMD for allegedly violating Section 5’s unfair practices prohibition by “fail[ing] to provide reasonable and appropriate security for personal information stored on its computer networks.”

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Commissioners Brill, Ohlhausen push for more privacy safeguards

Though FTC Commissioners Julie Brill and Maureen Ohlhausen are often on different sides of the ideological divide, they agreed more often than not during a panel discussion on big data and privacy.

International privacy groups seek government action against Facebook

Expressing “deep alarm” over Facebook’s announcement in June that it plans to collect the web browsing activities of Internet users for targeted advertising, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, a...

The saga of the Phoebe hospital merger continues

Even when it appears that the long-running saga involving the FTC’s challenge to Albany, Georgia-based Phoebe Putney Health System’s acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital is about to end, a new plot...

House panel praises FTC work on occupational licensing

Andrew Gavil, director of the Office of Policy Planning at the FTC, got a mostly-friendly reception at a House Committee on Small Business hearing on the topic of competition and professional...

FTC at 100: Agency burns to the ground during the Great Depression

Editor’s Note: With the FTC approaching its 100th-year anniversary, FTC:WATCH has initiated a series of articles highlighting the history of antitrust and consumer protection enforcement in America.

Neil Averitt commentary: Sky unlikely to fall if state boards become supervised

Put on your hard hat if you go anywhere near the Supreme Court, because there is a substantial risk that the sky will fall. That according to the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners and...