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CDT Joins Privacy, Child, and Consumer Advocates in Urging Congress to Ensure FTC Has Enough Resources to Protect Consumers from Harmful, Unfair, Deceptive Data Practices

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) joined a letter – alongside over a dozen privacy, child, and consumer advocates – to ensure that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the requisite budget to enforce the FTC Act and the 82 other statutes Congress has assigned it. The FTC is the primary federal privacy regulator for many sectors. It needs adequate resources to do its job and protect consumers from harmful, unfair, and deceptive data practices.


From the letter:

By legislative design, the FTC is the only independent federal agency with dual missions: Protecting American consumers and promoting competitive markets across the economy. Yet, there has been a growing mismatch in congressional funding and the resources needed to carry out these responsibilities. We urge Congress to appropriate at least $590 million for FY ‘24.

There are ample justifications for this funding level.

Read the full letter + list of signatories here.