Oped in the Hill

I would have chosen a different title for this one, perhaps “Citizens Rejoice! The ‘Libertarians’ Think The FTC Has Lost Credibility.” It is much more about the anti-FTC lobbying rhetoric than specific business practices.

The Federal Trade Commission’s strategic enforcement of privacy cases has struck a nerve. The business lobby has responded on the opinion pages of DC newspapers, portraying the FTC as an agency out of control. The FTC tramples the rights of companies. It stifles innovation. It chases headlines instead of fraudsters and real harms to consumers. The FTC is losing credibility. Consumers however should be comforted by these headlines. The attacks on the FTC are actuated by the agency’s successes in the courts and its increasing sophistication in protecting privacy.

Read the rest at The Hill.

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