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FTC Rep: Privacy Laws Aren't Working

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 23, 2010

Current privacy laws place too much of a burden on American consumers and don't offer enough in the way of protection. That was the message from Kathryn Ratte, a senior attorney in the consumer protection bureau of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), CNET News reports. Speaking at an event in Alberta convened by Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, Ratte said U.S. privacy law, which relies on disclosure of data collection and use practices and informed consumer choice, "in some very basic sense isn't working." Ratte spoke of the importance of transparency when it comes to notice as well as minimizing data collection and limiting retention. Ratte's comments came as many are anticipating the FTC will release recommendations to congress on new privacy laws this year, the report states.
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