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Proposed Privacy Laws, Coordinator Raise Questions

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 15, 2010

Recent reports on the push for U.S. privacy laws and the Obama Administration's plans to appoint a new privacy coordinator are receiving mixed reactions. While some are cheering the focus on privacy, IDG reports, others are questioning whether new rules are necessary. Critics have suggested there is an "absence of real data" on the need for privacy regulations, the report states, and there could be conflict between the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Commerce over enforcement. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), however, said, "I am glad more and more folks--in the government and otherwise--are beginning to realize that there is a war against privacy."
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