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FTC Releases Final Privacy Framework

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 26, 2012

At a press conference today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its final privacy report, which calls on Congress to "consider baseline privacy legislation and for measures on data security and data brokers." The report also includes best practices for industry--including the "complete implementation" of a do-not-track system--and presents its recommendations in three main principles--Privacy by Design, simplified consumer choice and increased transparency about data processing. The report also focuses on mobile privacy and calls on companies to create an industry standard for mobile data collection practices, The Washington Post reports. FTC Commissioner Thomas Rosch dissented from the other three commissioners, saying the report "would install 'Big Brother' as the watchdog" in the online and offline world. In a blog post, FTC Chief Technologist Ed Felton highlights four topics that are included in the staff report for "techies" to consider--de-identified data, sensitive data, mobile disclosures and do not track. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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