White House To Strengthen Online Privacy Laws
The Obama administration is involved in several efforts to more stringently police the Internet and create comprehensive online privacy laws, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.
The White House aims to create new laws regarding online privacy, as well as a new government position to oversee the strategy, wrote Julia Angwin in a Nov. 11 article.
According to the author's sources, the revamped Internet privacy laws will be released as part of a U.S. Commerce Department report issued in the next few weeks.
A special task force has also been created by the White House, Angwin wrote. Led by Cameron Kerry, Commerce Department general counsel (and brother of Sen. John Kerry) and Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice, the task force is charged with transforming the Commerce Department's recommendations into government policy.
Establishing new laws to deal with Internet security threats would be a change from the self-governing policy that currently exists.
"There is no comprehensive U.S. law that protects customer privacy online," Angwin noted. Policing is done by the Federal Trade Commission, which can take action only if a privacy-violating action is deemed 'deceptive' or 'unfair.'"
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