Through his analysis of the role played by the courts, Congress, and the Commission itself, he illustrates the doctrines and dynamics that have contributed to shaping this agency. This makes the book a valuable tool for European privacy experts who wish to better understand the US regulatory approach to privacy protection and understand how political and social forces have affected the powers given to the Commission.
Discussion by Rebecca Tushnet here.
Review by Alessandro Mantelero here.
Discussion by Catherine Porter here.
Discussions by Jeff Sovern here and here.
Discussion by John Kincaide of Intel here.
Discussion by Dee Pridgen here.
Discussion by Kevin Burke of IAPP, here.
Open Society Institute’s Research Digest mentioned the book on February 29, 2016:
Research Digest • Open Society Information Program • 29 February 2016 =================================================
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY BOOKS
* “Federal Trade Commission: Privacy Law and Policy” by Chris Jay Hoofnagle (Cambridge University Press)
This book traces how the Federal Trade Commission has evolved into the most important regulator of information privacy – and thus innovation policy – in the world. A major theme of the book is how modern calls to limit the FTC to common law are confused, have no basis in law or history, and are simply a ploy to roll back the FTC’s power. Today’s FTC, argues the author, can do little to address an economy organized around surveillance and European privacy values are unlikely to be embraced given the FTC’s economistic conception of its role.