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Federal Trade Commission PrivacyCon 2016 Recap: Insights into the FTC’s Perspective on Privacy and Data Security

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by Privacy & Data Security Member Karin McGinnis

The Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon event brings together the FTC, researchers and academics to discuss the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security.  Much of the discussion today centered on Big Data, coming on the heels of the FTC’s report, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues, which can be found here.  Also prominent were concerns about web transparency and whether consumers in fact understand what data is collected on them and how it will be used.  FTC Commissioner Julie Brill gave some specific insight into the FTC’s focus.  In her statements, she identified two principles that she believes should guide the development on privacy and data security issues going forward.  First, she believes that individuals must be in the loop regarding how their data will be collected and used.  Relevant questions include what consumers expect regarding how their data will be collected and used and what they understand about how they can exercise control over that collection and use.  Second, she counseled wariness about privacy and data security solutions that depend too heavily on one technology, such as encryption.  We anticipate more action by the FTC pushing companies to be more transparent in their notices to consumers about their data collection and use practices.  At the same time, we expect the FTC to be less understanding of companies who rely too much on single sources of data protection, especially in the face of changing technology.  A webcast of the event will be posted on the FTC website.

Karin M. McGinnis

About Karin M. McGinnis

With two decades of experience as a practicing attorney, labor-and-employment lawyer Karin McGinnis is known as a true business partner when litigating and providing counsel on a host of employment law issues. Karin provides a single source of comprehensive employment law experience, including misappropriation of trade secrets, employee raiding and breach of noncompetition agreements, wage-and-hour litigation and advice, discrimination, harassment and leave issues, mass layoffs and employee severance, and international employment advice. Her non-fragmented approach ensures that her clients’ unique situations are appropriately vetted, strategized and handled. Her wide range of experience enables her to spot potential issues for her clients before they are raised by employees, the government or opposing counsel. Karin’s clients find that she has a strategic and practical perspective and the ability to advise on preventive measures, provide corrective solutions, and fully litigate her clients’ issues. This bespoke, forward-thinking approach saves employers time, money and grief in the long run.

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