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Kirk Nahra Weighs In on Consumer Groups’ Push for a New Federal Data Privacy Agency

February 6, 2019

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, was quoted by FTCWatch in a February 4 article about a push by consumer advocacy groups to create a new, independent federal data privacy agency.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which currently serves as the country’s top privacy and data security enforcement agency, needs more resources and more authority in those areas, according to Mr. Nahra. However, “the FTC has lots of expertise and lots of good people,” he said. “I don’t know why you would completely throw that out.”

“It seems to be picking a whole new extra fight to say we are going to create a law, we are going to give somebody the authority, but it is just not going to be [the FTC],” Mr. Nahra added. “You could do that, but I am not sure exactly what the point of that would be when you have this existing agency. The question of what authority the regulator would have is much more important than who that regulator is.”

The article can be found here (subscription required).