Thursday, May 10, 2012

F.T.C. and White House Push for Online Privacy Laws

Wyatt, Edward. "F.T.C. and White House Push for Online Privacy Laws."  The New York Times, May 9, 2012.

From the article: "The Obama administration and the nation’s chief privacy regulator pressed Congress on Wednesday to enact online privacy legislation, saying new laws would level the playing field between companies that already had privacy policies and those that lacked them, and thus escape regulatory oversight.

Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, which enforces limited Internet privacy laws, and Cameron F. Kerry, general counsel for the Commerce Department, said at a hearing of the Senate commerce committee that writing new laws and giving the F.T.C. the power to enforce them with civil penalties would promote Internet commerce by increasing the trust that Americans put in online transactions."  Read more