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World Privacy Forum Knocks Commerce Dept.

DATA PROTECTION—U.S

November 22, 2010

While the Commerce Department prepares to release recommendations about online privacy, the World Privacy Forum has released a report questioning the department's record with the safe harbor program, among others, reports MediaPost News. The report asserts that the department has not been effective in the privacy sphere and that there is a "lack of rigor regarding enforcement and compliance in the privacy programs it administers." World Privacy Forum Executive Director Pam Dixon also commented that the recently-created subcommittee to advise the White House on regulatory and legislative issues for the Web should be headed by a representative from the FTC, not commerce, stating, "The mission of the Department of Commerce is commerce, not consumers."
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