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Dozens of consumer protection organizations support FTC civil penalty authority in the Build Back Better Act

Consumer Reports and dozens of civil rights, civil liberties, and consumer protection organizations write to express support for three crucial provisions of the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376): sections 31501 and 62002, which will provide $500 million each for the Federal Trade Commission’s data protection and antitrust activities, and section 31502, which will give the FTC authority to obtain first-time civil penalties against companies that engage in unfair or deceptive trade practices. Together, these measures will significantly strengthen the Commission’s hand against discriminatory and abusive data practices and the businesses that engage in them.

For the full letter, please see the attached PDF.