The government is facing increased pressure to institute data security protections after the high-profile breaches of Target and social networking app Snapchat.

While some argue that the companies’ security standards are ripe for an investigation from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) — which has brought data security cases as part of its mission to protect consumers from deceptive business practices — the agency’s ability to intervene is anything but certain.

Cases currently making their way through the court system could settle whether the FTC has the authority to get involved, but many hope that Congress will step in to clarify the commission’s powers once and for all.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) warned of the “incalculable harm to consumers” that can come from the types of data breaches like the one suffered by Target late last year.

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