Privacy Advisor

Consumer privacy education: Who's in charge?

Earlier this year, the White House announced the first-ever Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which was largely developed by the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force as well as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The White House has been trying to get Congress to give the bill the force of law, which would allow the FTC and state attorneys general to enforce its privacy protections. In the interim, however, the White House is seeking to get businesses to publicly state that they'll abide by the rules, as a code of conduct, which would allow the FTC to enforce businesses' compliance with the rules. But the best bill of rights won't work unless consumers feel passionate about their privacy.

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