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Trust and Trade

A Brief History of Privacy Enforcement by the FTC

Anant Raut

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The word "privacy" doesn't appear in the FTC Act, yet for 25 years, the FTC has used its limited resources and enforcement tools to act as the country's privacy enforcer. Past and current FTC leadership join host Anant Raut for this rousing look at the history of privacy enforcement by the FTC, and contemplate its future. In a world where the threats to privacy have grown manifold, has the Commission stretched the handful of words passed by Congress in 1938 as far as they can, and is it time for a new agency, empowered with fit-to-purpose authority, to take the baton for the next 25?


  • Samuel Levine, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission
  • Daniel Kaufman, Partner, BakerHostetler
  • Maneesha Mithal, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP