Amazing, But True: FTC Doesn't Want To Rush Into National Privacy Standards
from the good-for-them dept
While there are plenty of gov’t agencies that seem to rush into any chance to add more regulations that grant them more power, the FTC has a history of being quite reasonable and quite conservative about these things. You may recall that years ago, the FTC was against the idea of CAN-SPAM because it would effectively legalize plenty of spam, with one FTC commissioner noting that spam should be anything that you don’t like — and legislating against that is next to impossible. Specifically, he was worried (correctly, it appears) that in allowing lawmakers to define spam, it has merely opened up more possibilities for spamming.
That commissioner (Orson Swindle) is no longer with the FTC, but the Commission seems equally skeptical of any sort of national privacy standards, noting that any set standards would deal with the market we see today, not the markets of tomorrow, and that could create serious unintended consequences. It’s so rare these days to see federal agencies not leap forward to try to regulate, and to actually worry about the unintended consequences of regulating too soon, that it’s rather refreshing.