FTC chief voices privacy concern

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The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission today raised his own questions about whether off-line direct marketers should be covered by the same privacy restrictions as online marketers. Chairman Robert Pitofsky, speaking at a Senate hearing, said he was "increasingly concerned that the [privacy] arguments that apply to online should apply equally to offline." Mr Pitofsky's comment comes less than a week after similar questions were raised at a meeting of an FTC privacy panel. Mr. Pitofsky said later he had no immediate plans to proceed with action aimed at direct marketers that aren't collecting information online.

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