Organizations support FTC funding, civil penalty authority in Build Back Better Act

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In a letter to legislative leaders, Consumer Reports, civil rights, civil liberties and consumer protection organizations state support for the Build Back Better Act. The groups say provisions providing $500 million each to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s data protection and antitrust activities and a provision granting the agency authority to obtain first-time civil penalties “will significantly strengthen the Commission’s hand against discriminatory and abusive data practices and the businesses that engage in them.� Consumer Reports also provided preliminary comments on proposed California Privacy Rights Act rulemaking that it says outline “key recommendations to uphold consumer privacy and advance civil rights, consistent with the CPRA.�

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