WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) – chairman and ranking member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade and Consumer Protection with jurisdiction over the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – today applauded the Senate passage of H.R. 4779, the US SAFE WEB Extension Act, to extend the U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2006 for an additional seven years.
This legislation will renew the FTC’s international data enforcement authority and allow the FTC to work with foreign countries to protect American consumers from unfair and deceptive practices originating from foreign actors.
“Online threats from around the world continue to grow, and this legislation makes certain that the FTC has the cross-border enforcement authority and the international coordination tools it needs to protect American consumers from unfair or deceptive acts or practices that originate abroad,” said Sen. Moran. “Extending this important law will help protect American consumers as we continue to expand our global online economy and make technological advances.”
“This legislation ensures the FTC has real teeth to investigate and take action to protect Americans from online threats,” said Sen. Blumenthal. “Malware, robocalls, frauds, and fake products are on the rise, and Americans – at a time of unprecedented financial uncertainty – are being robbed by foreign and domestic scammers. The SAFE WEB Act has been an essential tool for the FTC to bring these scammers to justice and extending it is absolutely critical.”
Sen. Moran and Sen. Blumenthal introduced S. 3132, the companion legislation to H.R. 4779 in the Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives passed this legislation, and it will now go to the president to be signed into law.