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White House Backs Privacy Legislation

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 17, 2011

The Obama Administration has called for comprehensive online privacy legislation. Alongside Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday, Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling told lawmakers that "the administration now recommends congress enact legislation" to establish a privacy bill of rights; give the Federal Trade Commission associated enforcement authority, and "offer incentives to online companies that comply with the rules," The Hill reports. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) indicated that he is working with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on a proposed bill of rights. "The status quo cannot stand," Kerry said in a statement. "We cannot continue to allow the collectors of people's information to dictate the level of privacy protection Americans get when they engage in commerce."
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