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Moving Beyond “Reasonable”: Clarifying The Ftc’S Use Of Its Unfairness Authority In Data Security Enforcement Actions, Timothy E. Deal Apr 2016

Moving Beyond “Reasonable”: Clarifying The Ftc’S Use Of Its Unfairness Authority In Data Security Enforcement Actions, Timothy E. Deal

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Data security breaches, which compromise private consumer information, seem to be an ever-increasing threat. To stem this tide, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has relied upon its authority to enforce the prohibition against unfair business practices under section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (“section 5”) to hold companies accountable when they fail to employ data security measures that could prevent breaches. Specifically, the FTC brings enforcement actions when it finds that companies have failed to implement “reasonable” data security measures. However, companies and scholars argue that the FTC has not provided adequate notice of which data security practices …