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Obama Administration Calls For 'privacy Bill of Rights'


The Obama administration released recommendations Thursday to better protect consumer privacy on the Internet, creating baseline guidelines for how companies treat user data and emboldening federal agencies to enforce privacy protections.

A consumers' "Privacy Bill of Rights" would create a privacy policy office in the Commerce Department and for the first time would establish clear guidelines for what kind of information can be collected about users and how companies can use the data, a Commerce report says. That framework also gives clearer limitations on data use and would increase audits to hold companies accountable for their practices.

The report, which follows similar guidelines released weeks ago by the Federal Trade Commission, comes amid the growing concerns of lawmakers, consumers and privacy groups that Internet users are increasingly giving more information about their preferences and personal profiles without adequate protections.

From The Washington Post
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