Consumer protection in the digital age: An enforcer's perspective

Video Summary

A woman at the helm of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Terrell McSweeny, in conversation with POLITICO chief technology correspondent Mark Scott, discusses the challenges the development pace of new technology presents for enforcement agencies charged with protecting consumers from anti-competitive, deceptive and unfair business practices.


Terrell McSweeny serves as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. When it comes to tech issues, Commissioner McSweeny has focused on the valuable role researchers and hackers can play protecting consumer data security and privacy. She opposes bad policy and legislative proposals like mandatory backdoors and the criminalization of hacking and believes that enforcers like the FTC should work with the researcher community to protect consumers. She wants companies to implement security by design, privacy by design and data ethics by design–but recognizes that, in the absence of regulation, enforcement and research are the only means of holding companies accountable for the choices they make in the ways that they hold and use consumer data.

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