He also noted the passage of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015, along with other legislation pending.
But it is unlikely that things will change soon in any major way. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) called the consumer privacy bill “an incredibly important first step,” but also said it contains, “too many loopholes, and enforcement is lacking.”
Adler said that is in part because the U.S. still, “has no uniform privacy laws, and enforcement is ad hoc.” He said a number of consumer complaints, “have fizzled in the courts, because they depend on very specific harm to individuals.”
Still, he said a number of FTC cases are setting precedents for protecting consumer privacy.
“Regulators are taking a more in-depth look at this kind of information. It is trending and important,” he said.
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