FTC Stakes Claim To Privacy Authority With 2014 Plan

December 3, 2013 – In The News

Scott Vernick was quoted in the Law360 article, "FTC Stakes Claim To Privacy Authority With 2014 Plan." Full text can be found in the December 3, 2013, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it will hold seminars in early 2014 to probe the privacy implications of issues ranging from mobile device tracking to health data security. The move is one many attorneys say will advance the commission’s bid to establish itself as the leading authority on privacy matters.

“There is going to be a continuing discussion — or, alternatively, an ongoing tug-of-war — about the overlapping roles of the FTC and the HHS' Office of Civil Rights and about who is responsible for regulating consumers' protected health information,” said Scott Vernick, a privacy attorney.

The seminars will bring together businesses, consumer advocates and academics to discuss concerns over the latest developments in big data information collection technology.