FTC Chief Warns Tech Firms on Data Collection

The new head of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez, says that her agency will take a more active role in policing companies that collect large amounts of data, and that the FTC will not be afraid to sue them for privacy and security violations. In a toughly worded "big data" speech delivered at a technology forum in Aspen, Colorado, Ramirez pointed to previous instances when the FTC has brought lawsuits and enforcement actions against Google, Twitter, and even the Wyndham hotel chain, all for not properly handling consumer data in various ways.