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What You Need to Know About the FTC’s Hearing on Consumer Privacy

As part of the FTC’s hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century, the agency convened a two-day hearing on consumer privacy.  The hearing featured remarks from the FTC Commissioners and numerous panel discussions by leading experts in the field.  After the dust settled, the hearing revealed insights from the Commissioners and both areas of consensus and deep fault lines among privacy stakeholders.  Here’s what you need to know.

As the FTC Re-Examines its Approach to Consumer Privacy, It Faces Echoes of Past Failed Rulemaking

On Tuesday, the FTC kicks off a two-day hearing to help it reevaluate its approach to consumer privacy.  At the same time, the push for federal privacy legislation is moving forward in 2019, and one common theme from the bills that have been introduced is a greater role for the FTC.  But, despite these developments, the FTC so far has been relatively conflicted about seeking wide-ranging power from Congress to set privacy rules across the country -- a reluctance that reflects the agency’s history, and in particular its ill-fated history with attempting to regulate children’s advertising.

FTC’s Look at Device Repair Policies Will Implicate IoT Privacy and Security and the Right-to-Repair Debate

On March 13, the FTC announced that it will be holding a workshop on repair restrictions – ways in which manufacturers might limit repairs of devices by consumers and third-party repair shops.  The agency is seeking empirical research and data on topics like the risks associated with repair by third parties and impact of any restrictions on prices.  Device manufacturers should pay close attention and evaluate whether certain restrictions can be beneficial for device security and consumer privacy throughout the lifecycle of the device, as the FTC’s workshop will set the stage for greater federal action in this area.