Marcy Gordon of the Associated Press reports:
As they negotiate a record fine against Facebook, federal privacy regulators sparked a debate in Congress Wednesday over how effective such penalties can be in preventing future abuses by big companies.
Members of a House consumer protection subcommittee also gave a sympathetic hearing to the Federal Trade Commission’s request for greater powers and funding to police privacy.
“A large fine in a single case does not solve the problems that consumers face,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee, at a hearing with the five members of the FTC. She said the agency needs more funding and authority “at a minimum to restore consumers’ confidence.”
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