FTC Commissioner Calls for 'More Aggressive' Data Privacy

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FTC commissioner Julie Brill
FTC commissioner Julie Brill

Julie Brill, a Democratic commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission, on Thursday called on companies to deploy "more aggressive" actions to safeguard consumer privacy, urging businesses to install mechanisms to ensure they are handling data appropriately and protecting the anonymity of individuals.

Speaking at Princeton University, Brill said companies should focus on ethical monitoring at their businesses and employ "robust deidentification" in an effort to prevent linking data to particular individuals.

"We are all eager to reap the potential benefits of big data," Brill said, according to prepared remarks [PDF] for her Big Data and Consumer Privacy: Identifying Challenges, Finding Solutions address at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. "Yet consumers, policy makers and academics also see threats from these vast storehouses of data."

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