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FTC Announces Priorities For FY2003.

Privacy will be high on the list of priorities for the Federal Trade Commission during the next fiscal year. Privacy protection will include both educational efforts and investigations that will result in enforcement actions.

Enforcement efforts will focus on evaluating whether entities subject to privacy requirements live up to their privacy promises. The critical question for enforcement purposes will be whether the promises made in disclosures are in fact what the entity delivers. Even if the company's practice is legal, it may be subject to enforcement if it is less protective of privacy than promised. The agency will give priority to cases involving sensitive information.

Other areas of enforcement efforts will include the matters relating to the Telemarketing Rule and to identity theft. The agency plans to use a variety of investigative techniques to build cases involving pretexting to obtain personal or financial information.

Copyright © 2002 Compliance Action. Originally appeared in Compliance Action, Vol. 7, No. 6, 5/02

First published on 05/01/2002

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