"Bureaucrats at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are pursuing a heavy-handed regulatory approach to address vague concerns about consumers’ online privacy," according to a prominent Congresswoman. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07), no stranger to data privacy debates, wrote an op-ed yesterday scolding the FTC for its approach to data privacy, asserting that, "FTC activists have supported regulations that would threaten the lifeblood of the Internet: data." She continued:

"I support safeguarding users’ personally identifiable information and sensitive data like health or financial records. I also believe the government has a responsibility to punish deceptive and unfair practices that defy reasonable expectations about consumers’ privacy. The real problem is that the FTC has grossly exaggerated the true harm to consumers, and they are stubbornly unwilling to accommodate any free-market solutions."

MRA worked closely with Rep. Blackburn's office on her amendment to the SAFE Data Act, and we maintain ongoing discussions on data security and data privacy issues with her staff.

You can read her full op-ed on data privacy at Red State.