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Senate fills up consumer protection commission

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Seal of the Federal Trade Commission via AFP/Getty Images

The Senate confirmed an entirely new set of members to the five-person Federal Trade Commission on Thursday.

Why it matters: The FTC is the primary agency tasked with policing internet companies when it comes to privacy. It has been operating without a majority of commissioners over the last year, as calls have grown for more government scrutiny of data privacy at giants like Facebook and Google.