Obama signs Safe Web Act into law

The bill was originally passed by Congress in 2006 and was set to expire next year. With the president's signature, the measure is reauthorized through September 2020.


A top FTC official said at a hearing earlier this year that the bill has equipped the agency with tools that has helped it crack down on fraud cases that would have cost American consumers millions of dollars. Since the bill was first enacted, the trade agency said it has conducted more than 100 investigations into cross-border fraud and scams.

Bono Mack, who lost her reelection race to Democrat Raul Ruiz in November after serving for 14 years in the House, said the bill was needed to ensure consumers felt protected from online scammers, which would keep the e-commerce market thriving. The California Republican applauded the bill being signed into law, saying it was a boon for consumers.

"This is a win-win. It's good for American consumers. It's good for the future of e-commerce. And it's the right thing to do for our nation and our friends around the world," Bono Mack said in a statement. "With nearly 1.5 billion credit cards in use in the United States, nearly everyone in America has a stake in making certain that the FTC has the powers it needs to fight online fraud."