Sharon R. Klein (CIPP/US), a partner with Pepper Hamilton, chair of the firm's Privacy, Security and Data Protection practice and a leader of the Technology practice, was quoted in the August 18, 2017 Law360 article, "FTC's Deal With Uber Shows It Won't Let up on Data Security."
"If you look at the elements of the complaint, the FTC was really following and underscoring what they had already issued in the Start with Security guidance in June 2015," Sharon Klein, who chairs Pepper Hamilton LLP's privacy, security and data protection practice, said. "When I read this settlement, I said to myself that it seems to me that they're sending a message that it's still important in the new administration to comply with the same data security principles that the full commission issued more than two years ago."
"Even though there isn't a million dollar fine attached to this, it's going to be an extensive undertaking for Uber and if they don't follow the program, the FTC can still fine them for not complying with the consent decree," Klein said. "This to me follows along with the messaging that the FTC has been doing recently in stressing that it's still around, it has enforcement powers and it definitely means to protect consumers from all sorts of misleading and deceptive trade practices."