FTC Members to Testify on Data Protection, Privacy Efforts

Federal Trade Commission members are slated to appear at a House subcommittee oversight hearing next week.

The House Energy and Commerce Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee wants to review privacy and data security issues, as well as the steps the commission is taking against robocalls, along with agency transparency, the panel announced July 11.

“Next week’s hearing builds upon the FTC’s and this subcommittee’s efforts at the forefront of digital privacy and security,” subcommittee chairman Bob Latta (R-Ohio) said in a statement. “I look forward to discussing with the commission our common goals to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, and malicious practices both online and off.”

FTC Chairman Joe Simons and other commissioners are scheduled to testify. One possible discussion topic: the commission’s investigation of Facebook Inc.’s data privacy practices.

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