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FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter: Why Today's Data Privacy Approaches Don't Work


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Rebecca Slaughter

"Even if you accept the concept of a notice and choice framework, dark patterns entirely undermine it by obscuring notice and impeding choice. Dark patterns...represent data practices that are not only deceptive but are also fundamentally unfair."

FTC commissioner Rebecca Slaughter wants the agency to get aggressive. She believes that notice and choice—the approach that digital ad and media firms rely on to navigate people's data privacy and compliance with privacy laws—doesn't work. Slaughter is among the commissioners appointed by Democrats who are leading the charge toward making what could be significant moves affecting how the consumer protection and antitrust-oversight agency takes advantage of the power it has right now.

In an interview, she talks about the fate of the agency's antitrust suit against Facebook, dark patterns, and the FTC's approach to remedies in recent data privacy-related settlements.

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