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FTC/FCC MOU: Even the Justice League Needs It In Writing

data security

On November 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to address coordination of consumer protection actions by each agency.  Following a wave of what observers perceive as a turf battle between the FTC and FCC (namely the reclassification of broadband internet access services as a common carrier service outside the FTC’s jurisdiction), and a dramatic increase in FCC data security regulatory enforcement actions, the MOU suggests that the FTC and FCC are in fact serious about cooperation and collaboration, especially on data security issues.  Although organizations have better transparency and predictability in the enforcement landscape, they should also anticipate more sophisticated investigations based on richer data and improved investigative techniques.

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