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Weitzner: "Greater Sense of Urgency" Needed

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 6, 2011

The Obama Administration will continue to push for online privacy regulation while encouraging the industry to self-regulate, reports The Wall Street Journal. According to Daniel Weitzner, deputy chief technology officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the administration thinks "there needs to be a greater sense of urgency" on privacy issues. Weitzner said that, this year, the administration plans to release a whitepaper with detailed proposals and convene industry representatives and privacy advocates to work towards stronger protections for personal information online. The administration proposed a "privacy bill of rights" this past March, and at least five bills presented to congress this year have targeted online privacy. (Registration may be required to access the story.)
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