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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s chief privacy policy and enforcement agency, recently issued a final report – “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations For Businesses and Policymakers’- urging businesses to adopt best practices to protect the privacy of American consumers and containing important recommendations regarding data brokers, giving consumers greater control over the collection and use of their personal data. While Congress considers such privacy legislation, the FTC urges individual companies and self-regulatory bodies to adopt the principles contained in the privacy framework if they have not already done so. The FTC will work to encourage consumer privacy protections by focusing on greater transparency whereby companies should disclose details about their collection and use of consumer information and provide consumers access to the data collected about them. This is crucial because information compiled by data brokers, especially criminal record data, is not always accurate. The FTC report also recommends companies to develop clear standards regarding privacy and to train their employees to follow them.

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