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CDT Joins Civil Society Organizations to Call For FTC Rule on Discrimination

The Center for Democracy & Technology joined Upturn, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and 37 other civil society organizations in a letter calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to develop specific protections against discrimination as part of the FTC’s rulemaking on commercial surveillance and data security.

The FTC recently affirmed that its authority to enforce against unfair acts or practices can apply to algorithmic discrimination. The letter urges the FTC to issue specific rules that explicitly prohibit data-driven discrimination as a violation of the FTC Act and that require companies to implement measures to detect and address discrimination in their automated systems.

Read the full letter here.