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Experts React to Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 23, 2012

Following today's release of a consumer privacy whitepaper by the Obama administration, some privacy advocates, industry experts, privacy scholars and others have reacted to the news. Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) President Leslie Harris said the CDT welcomes the White House's guidelines, adding, "The administration's call for a comprehensive privacy bill of rights comes at a pivotal time when there is a tremendous concern among consumers about their personal information." Intel Director of Security Policy and Global Privacy Officer David Hoffman, CIPP/US, said, "The administration's paper continues to recognize we are at a critical time in the development of computing where promoting an environment that allows for innovation is essential." Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, is skeptical. "We went over this a year ago," Harper writes, "when Sens. Kerry (D-MA) and McCain (R-AZ) introduced their 'privacy bill of rights.'"
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