AG’s Phone Bill Campaign Could Ensnare Lawful Services

August 6, 2013 – In The News

Scott Vernick was quoted in the Law360 article "AG’s Phone Bill Campaign Could Ensnare Lawful Services." While the full text can be found in the August 6, 2013, issue of Law360, a synopsis is noted below.

The National Association of Attorneys General recently sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to increase its scrutiny of unauthorized third-party charges on mobile phone bills. Although signed by 40 state and territorial attorneys general, the proposed measure has left some attorneys thinking it could go too far, catching law-abiding companies in its crosshairs.

A noted authority on privacy law, Scott Vernick weighed in on the subject, saying, “This is one of those topics that makes very good politics and very good headlines. It makes perfect sense for state attorneys general to focus on this topic, because consumer protection is one of their primary agenda items and this is a hot-button issue with consumers that often feel quite powerless to address it in a way that they feel is effective.”

Vernick concluded, “State attorneys general clearly perceive this to be an ongoing issue. If they alone or in combination with the FTC continue to see it as an issue, then someone is going to start knocking at these companies’ doors.”