Washington's Approach: Privacy Law Without Regulation
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.August 23, 2011
The White House says its approach to Internet consumer protection will be "privacy law without regulation," a White House aide has said. An administration-wide whitepaper is expected this fall, and in December, the U.S. Commerce Department outlined proposals for updates to federal laws regulating companies' data collection practices. CNET reports that Danny Weitzner, associate administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said the government has a "key role in articulating what consumer rights ought to be" but that businesses "that are engaged in responsible privacy practices today ought not to face any additional burdens."