Wyndham Settlement Appears to Give FTC Broader Data Security Power

December 22, 2015

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts LLC on Dec. 9 agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that the company’s security practices unfairly exposed the payment card information of hundreds of thousands of consumers to hackers in three separate data breaches. According to Steve Gottheim, ALTA’s senior counsel, this decision suggests the FTC has authority to go after companies that were hacked for unfair trade practices instead of the traditional Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act privacy law.

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