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Swire: Federal Privacy Office Needed

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 1, 2011

In a feature for the Center for American Progress, Peter Swire, CIPP, writes in support of a proposal in the Department of Commerce's new green paper to create a federal privacy policy office. Swire disagrees with comments by some privacy advocates that the creation of such an office would weaken the Federal Trade Commission's privacy efforts. "I believe there is an extremely strong case in favor of developing an ongoing privacy policy capability in the executive branch," Swire writes. "Privacy policy requires familiarity with a complex set of legal, technological, market and consumer considerations. Good government thus calls for creating an institutional memory and a group of civil servants experienced in privacy policy."
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