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Nomi: The Dark Side of the Latest FTC Privacy Case

April 29, 2015

Last week, the FTC announced its complaint and consent decree with Nomi Technologies for failing to allow consumers to opt-out of cell phone tracking while...


FTC Issues Stealth Regulations over Internet of Things

January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the FTC released a report recommending “best practices” around privacy and data security for the “Internet of Things” — connected smart...


Maureen Ohlhausen Objects to FTC’s Internet of Things Report

January 27, 2015

Commissioner Ohlhausen voted to approve issuance of the staff report, but objected to the report’s call for new baseline privacy legislation: I do not support...


Josh Wright Blasts FTC’s Internet of Things Report

January 26, 2015

Commissioner Wright has objected before that the FTC doesn’t take cost-benefit analysis seriously. He levels much the same criticism at the FTC’s new Internet of...


The FTC Used to Care About Tradeoffs

January 26, 2015

The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection doesn’t seem to care much for cost-benefit analysis. But it’s worth remembering that the idea (much cherished by Carter-era...


Serious Cost-Benefit Analysis on Privacy

January 26, 2015

Cost-benefit analysis is supposed to be at the heart of the FTC’s unfairness powers. But the FTC doesn’t really bother with CBA in privacy cases,...