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Early Reaction to Report Runs Gamut

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 2, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports on the Federal Trade Commission staff report on Internet privacy released yesterday. The report calls for increased transparency and simplified consumer choice and endorses the creation of a do-not-track mechanism that would let consumers opt out of targeted advertising and data collection. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said the report makes recommendations for best practices and is "not a template for enforcement." Early reaction to the report runs the gamut--from praise to rejection to additional questions. In a statement, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) lauded the report and proposed allowing for "FTC approved safe harbor programs" to aid enactment of its proposals. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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