The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a coalition brief detailing the interests in further explaining legal and policy implications of permitting appeal of the District Court's order denying Wyndham's motion to dismiss in this data security enforcement suit. The Chamber argues that an appellate decision resolving Wyndham’s questions about the Federal Trade Commission’s general authority to regulate data security and the related question of the sufficiency of the Commission’s guidance about what constitutes commercially reasonable security measures, would provide much needed clarity. The brief points out that a FTC investigation would impose substantial costs, including costs related to the production of documents and information responsive to the Commission’s requests. With the greater certainty that an appellate decision would provide, businesses would be able to better allocate their scarce resources toward compliance with the complex regulatory regime governing data security. Continued uncertainty about whether the FTC has the authority to bring Section 5 data security enforcement actions imposes significant costs on businesses that are subject to an FTC investigation or that expend resources trying to define what practices the Commission considers to be “reasonable” and “appropriate".
This brief was filed jointly with the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the National Federation of Independent Business.
Catherine E. Stetson and Sean Marota of Hogan Lovells US LLP represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as co-counsel to the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.