The FTC is expected to begin writing federal rules to expand online privacy protections. If adopted, the rules could impose significant new responsibilities on businesses. The move is the latest indication of the five-member commission's more aggressive posture. The new FTC rules could take years to enact, and could follow several different paths.

One option would be to declare certain data collection practices unfair or deceptive. The government could use its authority to police such conduct. The data collection agency would then be able to make changes to the data collected. The agency could then make changes in the data collection process. The department would then have the power to change the data.
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