On December 16, 2010, the Department of Commerce released its Internet Policy Task Force Privacy Green Paper, which details recommendations on the protection of consumer privacy online. Titled “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework”, the Report provides a set of recommendations to strengthen data privacy while protecting innovation, job creation, and economic growth.
The Report recognizes that more than self-regulation is needed. It acknowledges the economic and social importance of preserving consumer trust in the Internet, and the need to keep pace with changes in technology, online services and Internet usage. To do so, consumers need more transparency and control over the use of their personal information. The new framework must help increase protection of consumers’ commercial data while supporting innovation and evolving technology. (more…)