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Commerce Report Draws Praise, Criticism

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 17, 2010

Reuters reports on the U.S. Commerce Department report, released yesterday, that calls for the creation of a Commerce Department privacy office, enforceable codes of conduct for industry and a federal breach notification law. While some have described the call for a Commerce privacy office as a "conflict of interest" others have lauded the department for its initiative. Privacy expert Peter Swire, said, "...it is high time to have this sort of leadership position" in the executive branch. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz described the report as "a welcome addition to the ongoing dialogue about protecting consumers' privacy."
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