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Commerce Department Policy Draft Calls for Legislation, Self-Regulation

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 16, 2010

The Washington Post reports on a Commerce Department draft of 10 online privacy oversight recommendations, including strengthening FTC rulemaking powers and enacting new data breach legislation. The Commerce Department's "green paper" recommends establishing a "baseline privacy framework" for fair data collection practices on the Web, the report states, and calls for a review of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Recommendations for voluntary codes of conduct for Web firms, however, are being criticized by privacy advocates. The Commerce Department will seek input on its recommendations "with the goal of advancing both the domestic and global dialogue and contributing to an eventual administration-wide position on information privacy policy," a spokeswoman said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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