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Drizly CEO James Cory Rellas is in the firing line after his company exposed about 2.5 million customers' personal information in a computer security blunder.  The FTC, America's consumer watchdog, this week proposed sanctions against the Uber-owned booze-delivery app and its chief executive, with Rellas being told he'll have …

  1. Potemkine! Silver badge

    How does the FTC dare to make a CEO responsible for the actions of his/her company? Everybody knows that the only thing a CEO is responsible for is collecting bonuses.

    What's the goal of that communist FTC? Improve things?

    "We take consumer privacy and security very seriously at Drizly, and are happy to put this 2020 event behind us," a Drizly spokesperson told The Register.

    If Dante was living in this century, he would have imagined a dedicated circle in Hell for PR.

    == Bring us Dabbsy back! ==

    1. Snake Silver badge

      RE: accountability

      Just *today*, Wednesday 26 October, the SEC passed a ruling that will require executive bonus clawbacks from companies found guilty of malfeasance

      What is the "big" surprise?? [/s] That the Republicans on the board voted against it.


      Yet more proof that American conservatives never met Big Money interests that they don't like.

      You see the hand wringing that this FTC ruling brings. Poor Little Rich Boys. Imagine, having to put up with being penalized for their own [in]actions! The HORROR!!

      ""Moreover, it's not clear whether the FTC has a process for individuals to contest these sorts of personal decisions, since it looks like it will follow them for the rest of their lives."

      I know! So horrible! When *we*, the lowly peasants, fail or get fired, we get bad references or even 'blacklisted' in our industries through the "grape vine". How DARE a CEO be subject to the same!!

      How will they maintain their 3 vacation homes??!

      1. ecofeco Silver badge

        Re: RE: accountability

        I see you have at least one vote for continuing malfeasance for profit.

      2. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

        Q & A

        Q. When is an executive bonus not an executive bonus subject to clawback for malfeasance?

        A. When the Board of Directors calls it something other than an "executive bonus." Such as, "performance reward", "market-rate compensation adjustment", etc.

    2. ecofeco Silver badge

      It's appears two of them saw your post and downvoted you.

      Too bad for them.

  2. sitta_europea Silver badge

    ""This broad standard effectively could enable the Commission to hold individually liable the CEOs of most companies against which we initiate enforcement action.""

    About fucking time.

  3. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge


    -> We take consumer privacy and security very seriously at Drizly

  4. EnviableOne Silver badge

    the only way that CEOs are going to take responsibility for Cyber is if they are held criminally liable, as they now are for Health and Saftey (at least in the UK)

  5. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

    No Fines, No Jail Time, CEO thinks, "Big Fucking Deal"

    ... turns to his lawyer after exiting the hearing room, and says, "Ha-ha!"

    The FTC is patting itself on the back for "fixing" things they haven't yet fixed.

    Corporate shills cry, "Foul!" over the suggestion CEOs be held responsible for ... what CEOs are supposedly responsible for.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I FULLY agree with penalties for CEOs and board members

    I fully agree with penalties for CEOs and board members; they're the ones making the decisions and setting corporate priorities. They're the ones who should be paying the penalties for such incompetence and flagrant abdication of responsibility to the customer base.

    Far too often there is some slap-on-the-wrist fine for the corporation and the people responsible get off scott-free. Just because incorporation shields you from financial losses if the business goes belly up does not mean you should have no personal responsibility for the corporation you direct.

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