On September 27th, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a general oversight hearing of the FTC, which covered a multitude of major policy issues and included testimony from Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen, and Commissioner Terrell McSweeny. Chairman John Thune (R-SD) convened the hearing, joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) who sat in for Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL), who was not in attendance. Several other Committee members also participated in the hearing, cycling through as schedules permitted on what appeared to be a jam-packed day. Members in attendance included: Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Brian Shatz (D-HI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Edward Markey (D-MA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Deb Fischer (R-NE).
The Commissioners’ opening statements focused on key issues related to the agency’s mandate including enforcement, policy development, business education, and competition promotion. But for members and Commissioners alike, privacy and data security were the clear headline issues of the day. A variety of related topics were also raised, including protecting children online, the Internet of Things (IOT), tourism, credit reports, telecommunications, and deceptive claims. A brief summary of these issues follows. Continue Reading Senate Commerce Committee Members Air Laundry List of Pressing Issues Including Privacy, Data Security, and FTC Enforcement