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Privacy Watchdog, Policy Coming

PRIVACY—U.S.

November 12, 2010

The Obama Administration is planning a greater focus on Internet privacy that will involve new laws and the creation of a new position to guide efforts in this area, The Wall Street Journal reports. More details will be unveiled in a Department of Commerce report expected to be released in the coming weeks. While previous administrations have avoided regulation of the Internet, "the increasingly central role of personal information in the Internet economy has sparked government action," the WSJ report states. Some are welcoming the plans, but others are less enthusiastic; an online ad industry group executive said that in terms of potential new legislation, "We believe we are living up to consumer-privacy expectations..." But Commerce's draft report says that self-regulation is lacking, according to the WSJ.  (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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