The author has heard a rumor that many (a source said almost all) privacy cases come about from complaints by competitors. If that is the case, it’s nothing new. Competitors have long made complaints about rivals to the Commission. Indeed, this seems to have been a point of the Commission–to help businesses police an industry without getting drawn directly into litigation.
 Within a month of opening its doors, the FTC heard an “informal” complaint by the Columbus Collar Pad Company concerning its rival, the American Pad & Textile Company.  Edward Mott Woolley, What the Federal Trade Commission Will Do For You, Collier’s Weekly, Nov. 18, 1916; John B. Daish, The Federal Trade Commission Law and Related Acts (1914).