The Federal Trade Commission is extending its regulatory reach to the e-commerce impact of big data. For years, the FTC has asserted vigorously its authority to apply consumer protection laws to emerging developments in the IT realm. Now it is signaling that it will apply that same vigor to big data under the regulatory authority it possesses through the FTC Act and other laws. It “will continue to monitor areas where big data practices” could violate those laws “and will bring enforcement actions where appropriate,” the FTC said in a report.
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