Consumper Privacy Bill Of Rights

February 23, 2012 by staff 

Consumper Privacy Bill Of Rights, One month and three days after Consumer Watchdog called President Obama to endorse “Do Not Track” and online privacy legislation during his State of the Union address, the President has proposed a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The White House has called upon Congress to pass legislation that will allow the FTC Federal Trade Commission as well as state attorney generals to support and enforce the framework of this bill. This bill will act as a guard for consumers rights, allowing consumers to say when, if, and how their personal information is both collected and used online.

This bill will also require businesses to be as transparent as possible about their data use practices as well, pushing businesses to further assure consumers that they’ve either not used their data at all or, if they have, that it’s appropriately secured. According to Justin Brookman speaking with Information Week, the director for the non-profit civil liberties group Center for Democracy and Technology’s Project on Consumer Privacy, the White House has been working on a bill – or a collection of laws that’s now become this bill – for quite some time now:

“They’ve been working on this for a couple of years now. The biggest change is that they recognize that there should be legislation to make this happen, and that was our main criticism of the proposal before–that there may not be enough stick to get industry to the table without a law to make them follow certain rules.” – Brookman

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