Kim Hart May 1, 2017
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FTC's McSweeny: Unwinding net neutrality favors "gatekeepers"

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

These days, FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny is thinking a lot about data — How it can be delivered to consumers without gatekeepers, how it is safeguarded from hacks in the explosion of connected devices, and how tech companies collect and sell it.

Why she matters: In its proposal to unwind the 2015 net neutrality rules, the FCC wants to shift the responsibility of policing internet service provider behavior to the FTC. McSweeny's also keeping a close eye on the data security implications of the fast-growing Internet of Things ecosystem, including connected cars. Here are excerpts from our conversation: