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White House To Release Consumer Bill of Rights

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 15, 2011

Internet firms should create self-imposed rules to be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. That's according to U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Daniel Weitzner, who said in a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that "any new online privacy law should be 'flexible' and 'pro-innovation,'" reports The Washington Post. Rules that are too restrictive will hamper the growing room necessary for Internet commerce's success, he said, urging the U.S. to model Europe's hybrid approach of self-regulation and enforcement. The White House will soon release a consumer bill of rights, Weitzner added, which would be voluntary but enforceable. (Registration may be required to access this story).
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