FTC Wants To Be Enforcer of Data Security

December 13, 2013 – In The News
Computer World

Scott Vernick was quoted in the Computer World article, "FTC Wants To Be Enforcer of Data Security." Full text can be found in the December 13, 2013, issue, but a synopsis is noted below.

Despite increasing pushback from various companies and industry groups, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to insist that it wants to be the nation’s enforcer of data security standards.

“If you had a national standard, you would know at a minimum what to do” to meet those requirements, said Scott Vernick, a noted privacy attorney.

Without such standards in place however, many feel the FTC is attempting to enforce its own arbitrary set of security requirements. “Today, we don’t know something is unfair until the FTC tells us it is unfair,” said Vernick. “A lot of the time we are guessing about they want.”