FTC challenger remains defiant over charges

26 Apr FTC challenger remains defiant over charges

Screen shot 2014-04-27 at 8.03.30 PMThe head of a medical lab charged with letting thieves steal patient data is refusing to back down from his fight against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

A court’s decision this month to allow the FTC to pursue similar charges against the Wyndham hotel chain shouldn’t have much impact on LabMD’s campaign against the regulator, CEO Michael Daugherty said on Tuesday. He pledged to continue fighting the “bullies” at the agency to prevent them from regulating companies’ data security without explicit regulations.

“I would find most people are going to not say it’s okay to have a government agency that assumes all powers are there until they’re told they’re not,” he said in an interview with The Hill.

Daugherty was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to talk with congressional staff, many of whom he said have been supportive of his case.

The FTC last summer accused Daugherty’s Atlanta-based laboratory of failing to safeguard consumers’ personal information. The commission claimed that a spreadsheet with data of more than 9,000 patients was found on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, exposing people’s medical history, Social Security numbers and other personal details.

The company has fought back against the charges.

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Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty is President & CEO of LabMD, an Atlanta-based clinical and anatomic medical laboratory with a national client base. Mike founded LabMD in 1996 after 14 years in surgical device sales with U.S. Surgical Corp. and Mentor Corporation. Outside of LabMD, enjoys playing tennis, travel, and flying his Cirrus SR22 Turbo single engine aircraft.