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FTC is falling short in protecting consumers' data used by businesses

FTC is falling short in protecting consumers' data used by businesses

Federal regulators served notice last week: They're watching how businesses use — and possibly abuse — consumers' personal information.

And that's great. It's about time more official attention was paid to ways that companies invade our privacy. But federal authorities can do more, much more, to level the playing field.

In a report titled "Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?", the Federal Trade Commission stopped short of laying down rules for how companies collect and profit from customer...

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