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Issue No. 02 - Mar.-Apr. (2016 vol. 14)
ISSN: 1540-7993
pp: 58-64
Chris Jay Hoofnagle , University of California, Berkeley
ABSTRACT
Regulators worldwide need to keep tabs on companies caught violating consumer protection rules. Assessments by outside accounting firms are a key tool for regulators to detect privacy and security problems. It's not widely known that an assessment, a term of art in accounting, is a less-intense evaluation than an audit. Also, in practice, assessments overseen by America's top consumer protection cop, the US Federal Trade Commission, fall short of what's needed to ensure that information-intensive companies are protecting privacy and honoring promises. This article outlines five practical steps to make company oversight more effective.
INDEX TERMS
Privacy, Public policy, Computer security, FTC, Government policies, System management, Consumer protection
CITATION

C. J. Hoofnagle, "Assessing the Federal Trade Commission's Privacy Assessments," in IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 58-64, 2016.
doi:10.1109/MSP.2016.25
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