Woody Hartzog

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Woodrow Hartzog is a Professor of Law and Computer Science at Northeastern University. He is the author of "Privacy’s Blueprint: The Battle to Control the Design of New Technologies." He and Professor Solove are the co-authors of "The FTC and the New Common Law of Privacy" and "The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection."

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The FTC Can Rise to the Privacy Challenge, but Not Without Help From Congress

Editor's note: This piece originally appeared on TechTank.

Facebook’s recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reignited debate over whether the agency is up to the task of protecting privacy. Many people, including some skeptics of the FTC’s ability to rein in Silicon Valley, lauded the settlement, or at least parts of it.