President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on Tuesday to delay the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to oversee electronic products that include “smart phones, cameras, video games, computers and the Internet.”
The White House has yet to say what the delay will mean for the government’s efforts to address cybersecurity.
The FTC has been investigating allegations that such products are designed to track people and collect data.
Trump has previously said that he wants to “get rid of” the FTC, saying it was not doing enough to prevent cyberattacks and he wants a “clean slate.”
Trump’s plan to delay oversight is part of a broader push to reduce the governments role in cybersecurity, which Trump has called a “crisis” and a “big problem.”
The president, in an interview with Fox News Sunday, also said he is looking to bring back a “regulatory freeze” on some products in the new cybersecurity regime.
The move will be welcomed by the technology industry, which has been lobbying the White House for a similar delay.
The FTC has launched a series of investigations into cybersecurity threats and alleged breaches by some of the nation’s largest technology companies.
The commission has also said it is investigating the issue of how companies have marketed the new smart-phones and cameras, and is looking into how many of them are actually connected to the Internet.
The Whitehouse’s office said in a statement Tuesday that Trump “has made clear his intent to reinstate the FTC’s oversight of the use of smart phones, and has said that the FTC will be focusing on the cybersecurity threat posed by these devices.”
The agency, which oversees technology products from the major smartphone makers, has received more than $2.4 billion in cybersecurity investigations since Trump took office, with nearly 80% of the funds going to companies.