- January 5, 2011
- Posted by: Seth Heyman
- Categories: Featured, Internet Law
Online data privacy has become a hotbed issue for regulators.
In addition to a comprehensive report previously issued by the FTC on the same issue, the U.S. Department of Commerce recently released a report entitled “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: a Dynamic Policy Framework,” in which the Department highlighted the necessity for a new framework to address online privacy issues. The Department’s Internet Policy Task Force prepared the report, the purpose of which is to offer recommendations that enhance consumer online privacy protection while continuing to foster online business growth.
According to the Commerce Department, adopting these principles would help consumers to better understand how their data is being used by establishing clearer online data usage limits and enhanced audit requirements. The policies would be enforced by the FTC.
The report also recommends the enactment of a new commercial data security breach notification law, which it claims will provide clarity to individuals regarding the protection of their information, streamline industry compliance, and allow businesses to develop a strong nationwide data management strategy. The Commerce Department seeks public comment on the report by January 28, 2011, with a white paper on the subject planned for release in 2011.