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Privacy & Data

CDT Comments to FTC Regarding Prevalent Commercial Surveillance Practices that Harm Consumers

CDT has long advocated for strong privacy protections for consumers. We commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a critical privacy enforcer at the federal level, for its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The Commission’s action is a promising first step to address the ever-expanding landscape of harmful online data practices. CDT filed comments that focus on common modern online data practices where companies collect, share, and process huge amounts of peoples’ data. Specifically, our comment describes specific private sector practices that have negative effects on marginalized communities and consumers.

The FTC should pass rules that address these gaps. Moreover, CDT’s comment identifies and draws the Commission’s attention to the impacts of harmful data practices used by private contractors for educational institutions and other governmental entities and how an FTC rulemaking should account for and address these harms.

Read our full comments here.