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FTC Efforts Have Led to $1.6B in Consumer Refunds in FY 2018

FTC Chairman Joseph Simons on Tuesday testified before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security, telling lawmakers that Commission actions on complaints against a number of businesses resulted in more than $1.6B in consumer refunds during the previous fiscal year. Among the companies required to self-administer consumer refund efforts are Amazon and the Volkswagen Group of Companies.

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Proposed Bill Intends to Protect Consumer Privacy; Suzan Delbene Quoted

Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. have introduced a bill aiming to augment protection of U.S. consumer information. The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act would require companies to attain user consent before being able to use private information, DelBene's office said Thursday.

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Senators Express Concern Over Discriminatory Implications of Facial Recognition Tech

Senators Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have sent a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to express their concern over “a growing body of evidence” indicating that facial analysis technologies, which are increasingly being implemented by employers for multiple purposes including hiring, amplify rather than reduce prejudice. The senators also inquired about the steps the EEOC it is taking to mitigate the potential discriminatory effects brought about by the technology.

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Andrew Katsaros Named FTC Acting Inspector General

Andrew Katsaros, a government audit veteran and a certified public accountant, has joined the Federal Trade Commission as acting inspector general. He succeeds Roslyn Mazer, who stepped down as FTC IG after more than three years in the job, the commission said Friday. Katsaros previously served as assistant IG at the Commerce Department‘s Office …

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Report: Abigail Slater to Serve as Tech Adviser to Trump

Abigail Slater, general counsel at the Internet Association, will join the White House’s National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for technology, telecommunications and cybersecurity policy, The Hill reported Thursday. Slater will succeed Grace Koh when the latter leaves in March and will advise President Donald Trump on technology, telecommunications …

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Bill Would Penalize Credit Reporting Agencies for Consumer Data Breaches

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have introduced a bill that would penalize credit reporting agencies in the event of a security breach that affects consumer data. The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to directly supervise CRAs’ data security measures; impose penalties on CRAs …

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FTC, FCC to Enter Agreement on Online Consumer Protection

The Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission plan to enter a memorandum of understanding to coordinate efforts to protect internet consumers in line with the adoption of FCC’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order. FTC said Monday the draft MoU directs FCC to review informal protests on the compliance of internet service providers …

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