FTC Attorney Says Privacy System "Isn't Working"

A Federal Trade Commission representative delivered a stern indictment of current privacy laws, saying they fail to protect American consumers and instead place too much of a "burden" on them. The existing constellation of privacy laws, which relies heavily on disclosure of data collection and use practices and informed consumer choice, "in some very basic sense isn't working," said Kathryn Ratte, a senior attorney in the FTC's consumer protection bureau.