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Federal Trade Commission’s Ashley Madison investigation outcome

15 December 2016

I welcome the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) findings resulting from its investigation into the Ashely Madison data breach. The FTC’s findings and resultant financial penalties are in addition to the enforceable undertakings already obtained from Avid Life Media Inc (ALM — recently rebranded as ‘Ruby Corp’) by my office and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), in our joint investigation.

As the FTC’s release notes, their investigation also benefited from cooperation with the OAIC and OPC, though the APEC cross-border enforcement framework. Cross-border cooperation and enforcement such as this is the future for privacy regulation in the global consumer age. The cooperative approaches taken in response to the Ashley Madison breach provide an excellent model for future enforcement of consumer privacy rights.

Timothy Pilgrim PSM
Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner