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Sources say the FTC will expand online privacy rules

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The FTC will expand online privacy rules to limit App data collection, sources say

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could begin formulating federal rules to expand online privacy protections as soon as Thursday local time, the Wall Street Journal said.

It is understood that if passed, the rules could impose significant liability on companies that handle consumer data, including potentially banning certain types of data collection.

The new FTC rules could take years to be formally enacted, and the commission could 'go down a few different paths,' people familiar with the matter said.

Congress is also considering legislation that would give Americans more control over their personal data, but it's unclear whether there are enough votes in this Congress to ensure passage. Some state attorneys general are concerned that the bill could precede the adoption of stricter privacy standards at the state level.

IT House knows that they believe the FTC could also use its enforcement powers to target individual tech companies, as some privacy advocates have urged.

The current US President has previously ordered the FTC to look into developing competition rules in a number of areas, including "unfair data collection and surveillance practices that could harm competition, consumer autonomy and consumer privacy".

Some privacy advocates have called on the agency to ban "monitoring ads," arguing that it is an unfair way to compete, such as Meta.

As online platforms and others accumulate vast amounts of consumer search data and other information, activists say the United States currently lacks a law to protect consumer privacy. Many privacy advocates are particularly concerned about children, who are more easily attracted to targeted online advertising and algorithms.

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