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In addition, the FTC has said that under well-settled case law and policy, companies must provide prominent disclosures and obtain opt-in consent before using consumer data in a materially different manner than claimed when the data was collected, posted, or otherwise obtained. What constitutes using data in a materially different manner than originally claimed can be difficult to ascertain. Companies are regularly and on an ongoing basis developing new products and services involving new data uses. The line between an existing and already disclosed use of data and the start of a materially different use that needs to be independently disclosed is not always clear and privacy professionals are left to make this decision.