Obama Calls for Federal Internet Privacy Policy Office

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Obama administration today issued its official call for the creation of a new Privacy Policy Office that would focus on facilitating discussions among stakeholders in order to protect and inform consumers about the privacy risks, costs and opportunities created by the growth in personal data online.In a corresponding Department of Commerce report (PDF), the effort was said to be focused on many steps that could be taken short of legislation. It also repeated extensive calls to preserve the incredible opportunities for innovation that online data use enable, something you’re unlikely to see focused on by media coverage from places like the Wall Street Journal, where anything with a hint of privacy foul has been subject of single-minded attack for months.In text that reads very much like the Federal Trade Commission’s call for a “Do Not Track” list, issued two weeks ago, this newest report from the Department of Commerce is introduced thusly:Strong commercial data privacy protections are critical to ensuring that the Internet fulfills its social and economic potential. Our increasing use of the Internet generates voluminous and detailed flows of personal information from an expanding array of devices. Some uses of personal information are essential to delivering services and applications over the Internet. Others support the digital economy, as is the case with personalized advertising. Some commercial data practices, however, may fail to meet consumers’ expectations of privacy; and there is evidence that consumers may lack adequate information about these practices to make informed choices. This misalignment can undermine consumer trust and inhibit the adoption of new services. It can also create legal and practical uncertainty for companies. Strengthening the commercial data privacy framework is thus a widely shared interest. However, it is important that we examine whether the existing policy framework has resulted in rules that are clear and sufficient to protect personal data in the commercial context. The government can coordinate this process, not necessarily by acting as a regulator, but rather as a convener of the many stakeholders–industry, civil society, academia–that share our interest in strengthening commercial data privacy protections. The Department of Commerce has successfully convened multi-stakeholder groups to develop and implement other aspects of Internet policy. Domain Name System (DNS) governance provides a prominent example of the Department’s ability to implement policy using this model.This conversation is unfolding at the same time that interest in leveraging data is growing among companies and among people interested in analyzing bulk user data for social good is as well. We’ve said for some time that online user data is going to be a key resource in the near-term future. Do you agree that more consumer protection is needed in order for the Internet to take advantage of all this data effectively and sustainably? Do you want the Federal government getting involved with it? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img

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