During his speech earlier this week at the Federal Trade Commission, President Obama unveiled a set of proposals to enhance student privacy protections.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) will hold its first meeting on July 12, 2012 aimed at developing voluntary codes of conduct designed to provide consumers with clear information regarding how personal data is handled by companies which develop and offer applications for mobile devices. The NTIA’s planned meetings with stakeholders were first announced in February 2012 as part of the White House’s proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
Today, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to seek the views of the Federal Trade Commission and the Administration on privacy issues. Discussion at the hearing, entitled “The Need for Privacy Protections: Perspectives from the Administration and the Federal Trade Commission,” focused in significant part on the privacy reports recently released by the FTC and the Administration.
By now, you have almost certainly seen the reports that the White House and the Federal Trade Commission want a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights with seven principles:
- Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data companies collect from them and how they use it.
The Obama Administration’s consumer data privacy framework released last month will impact companies’ data collection, use, and retention practices, and raises complex legal issues. As explained in a recent article by Keller and Heckman LLP, the notion of codes of conduct developed through a multistakeholder process, to be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), raises (1) administrative procedure concerns, and (2) questions as to whether self-regulatory initiatives could be hampered.
The Department of Commerce has already taken the first steps to implementing the White House’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights announced last month. Commerce has invited comment on “what issues should be addressed through the privacy multi-stakeholder process and how to structure these discussions so they are open, transparent, and most productive.”
Obama Administration Releases New Privacy Framework; Interactive Industry Responds to Calls for a “Do Not Track” Option
The Obama Administration has released a framework for protecting privacy and promoting innovation in the global digital economy that it intends to implement “without delay.” The document, “Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World,” highlights the continuing importance of privacy issues to businesses and individuals – and to the government.
Hoping to shape the development of national – and possible international – consensus on the privacy protections to which on-line consumers should be entitled, the Obama Administration has issued a report on “Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World” in which it lays out a “blueprint for privacy in the information age.” A central component of the report is a proposed “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights”. That “bill of rights” reflects a set of principles which are, at this point, merely aspirational, with no independent legal force.
In the wake of the White House’s February 23, 2012 release of Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting and Promoting Innovation in a Global Digital Economy (“Framework”), the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published in today’s Federal Register a request for public comments from all interested stakeholders on consumer data privacy issues to be addressed through enforceable voluntary codes of conduct.
The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) sought public comment Wednesday on how to begin the process of developing voluntary codes of conduct governing consumer privacy, as called for in the privacy framework released by the White House last month.