From The Washington Times:

The Federal Trade Commission is working on new internet privacy rules affecting the gathering, analyzing and selling of people’s data rather than waiting for Congress to advance legislation governing commercial surveillance…

Other critics said that the FTC did not have the proper authority to enact such regulations.

The libertarian-leaning R Street Institute said the FTC’s proposal extended far beyond what Congress has authorized.

“In contrast to acting under Congress’s narrower view for the FTC, the ANPR sets forth 95 questions on a wide range of issues from biometrics to targeted advertising,” the R Street Institute said. “The rules’ themes can even extend beyond this since the ANPR states that it does not identify the full scope of potential approaches the FTC might undertake by a rule.”