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The Kerry Bill: A Preview

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 13, 2010

The Hunton & Williams Privacy and Information Security Law Blog outlines a privacy bill to be introduced in the next congress by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). The bill "aims to establish a regulatory framework for the comprehensive protection of individuals' personal data and authorizes rulemakings by the Federal Trade Commission," the report states. The bill would make Fair Information Practice Principles "universally applicable" to certain organizations and authorizes the FTC to create a co-regulatory safe harbor program. "The legislation sets forth sufficiently broad definitions for 'personally identifiable information' and 'sensitive personally identifiable' that grant the FTC the discretion and flexibility to construct a list of more specific data categories," the report states.
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