Signage is seen at the Federal Trade Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union and 26 other civil rights and advocacy groups wrote to top lawmakers Thursday to urge support for a $1 billion boost in funding for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is included in a $3.5 trillion spending proposal.

In the letter to Democratic and Republican leaders of both Houses of Congress, the groups said the money would be a boon to the “under-funded and understaffed” agency, which was created to protect consumers.

The FTC has picked up the job of pushing corporations to better protect consumer data and privacy as it enforces rules against deceptive practices.

“This increased funding for the FTC is especially important because it will enable the Commission to protect people of color and low-income communities from identity theft, fraud, scams,…

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