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Regulators Urge Business Leaders To Limit Data Collection

DATA PROTECTION—U.S. & CANADA

October 19, 2011

Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, U.S. and Canadian regulators warned entrepreneurs and business leaders of the dangers of collecting unnecessary data from customers, InformationWeek reports. FTC Bureau of Consumer Affairs Director David Vladek said that businesses should only collect information they need and not retain it longer than is necessary, adding, "It's an albatross that can come back and really bite you." Saying that "privacy is an enabler of innovation" and can provide a competitive advantage, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian urged businesses to proactively protect privacy and give consumers control of their data. "Privacy is about control...The individual should control what happens to the information," said Cavoukian.
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