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USA: FTC issues notice on eight key enforcement areas to enable higher case load

The Federal Trade Commission ('FTC') announced, on 14 September 2021, that it had approved a series of resolutions that will streamline consumer protection and competition investigations by focusing on eight key areas that will enable the agency staff to effectively and expeditiously investigate misconduct in FTC priority areas over the next ten years. In particular, the FTC stated that it will focus on, among others, acts or practices affecting children, bias in algorithms and biometrics, deceptive and manipulative conduct on the internet, and monopolistic practices by technology and other large companies.

To enable the FTC to act efficiently and expeditiously, it stated that it will be using a compulsory process, authorised under the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914, which is the issuance of demands for documents and testimony using civil investigative orders and subpoenas, and ensuring that compulsory process orders are enforceable.

You can read the press release here, and the resolutions here.