Reed Freeman, Chelsea Reckell, Benjamin Hayes
We are in for a wild ride at the FTC. Join our session to understand what the FTC is doing and how to react to it. There are now three Democrats and two Republicans on what has become a highly partisan and activist Federal Trade Commission. FTC Chair Lina Khan was confirmed as a commissioner on June 15, 2021 and then immediately named as chair. She has already taken early steps to lead the FTC in new directions – including holding an open meeting on July 1, 20121 – the first such meeting in decades. At the Open Meeting, the Commission voted on party lines to streamline its current rulemaking procedures for prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices, foreshadowing a potential slew of new rulemakings while the FTC is simultaneously investigating seven entire industries. All of this is against the backdrop of President’s Biden’s Executive order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, which, among other things, directs the Chair of the FTC to consider working with the rest of the Commission to exercise the FTC’s statutory rulemaking authority, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, in areas such as: unfair data collection and surveillance practices that may damage competition, consumer autonomy, and consumer privacy; unfair competition in major Internet marketplaces; and any other unfair industry-specific practices that substantially inhibit competition. Our session will provide concrete ideas about how to act today in anticipation of future FTC actions.
Reed Freeman, Partner, E-Commerce, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group, Venable
Chelsea Reckell, Lawyer, Privacy & Data Security Practice Group, Venable
Benjamin Hayes, SVP, Privacy & Chief Privacy Officer, Zeta Global