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Privacy groups blast US FTC as digital ad industry ‘lapdog’


Chester said the FTC should be replaced as the agency responsible for protecting consumer privacy. — Reuters

Chester said the FTC should be replaced as the agency responsible for protecting consumer privacy. — Reuters

Leading privacy watchdog groups lashed out at the US Federal Trade Commission for siding with the advertising industry as part of a Trump administration initiative to update consumer-data protections. 

The organisations, which include the Consumer Federation of America and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told FTC Chairman Joe Simons in a letter Nov 26 that the agency relied on a “self-serving study” by the ad industry to warn against a policy in which consumers are opted out of online advertising by default. 

   

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