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States Respond to FTC Online Privacy Report

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 22, 2011

Fifteen states have submitted comments on the FTC's December 2010 staff report, "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers," The Gov Monitor reports. The states encourage the FTC to "adopt an approach to information security that takes into account the size, scope and resources of businesses" and have highlighted state statutes and regulations "that codify a set of reasonable safeguards," the report states. The states advocate state-level enforcement authority and stress the need to protect medical and health information, require opt-in consent for geo tracking and implement strong safeguards to protect children's online privacy.
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