FTC’s Data Security Authority Survives Challenge in Wyndham

Vol. 17 No. 2

By

Matthew B. Gruenberg, Barnes & Thornburg LLP and David W. Nelson, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

A recent ruling in the Federal Trade Commission’s closely watched data security lawsuit against Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (Wyndham) could bolster the FTC’s efforts to regulate data security. Denying a motion to dismiss in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, Case No. 13-cv-01887, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey upheld an FTC civil complaint against Wyndham and its subsidiaries arising from data-security breaches on computer systems operated by Wyndham and its franchisees.

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