Pri­vacy re­port em­pha­sizes trans­parency, not reg­u­la­tion

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The U.S. Com­merce Depart­ment has re­leased a re­port on pri­vacy and the In­ter­net that leans heav­ily on trans­parency but treads lightly on new reg­u­la­tion. In a cover let­ter that is part of the 88-page re­port, Com­mer­cial Data Pri­vacy and In­no­va­tion in the In­ter­net Econ­omy: A Dy­namic Pol­icy Frame­work, Com­merce Sec­re­tary Gary Locke ob­serves that “the In­ter­net is be­com­ing the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem of our in­for­ma­tion econ­omy and so­ci­ety.” But the tech­nolo­gies prompt new con­cerns be­cause they “al­low the col­lec­tion and use of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in ways that, at times, can be con­trary to many con­sumers’ pri­vacy ex­pec­ta­tions,” Locke said. The re­port is the work of the depart­ment’s In­ter­net Pol­icy Task Force that Locke ap­pointed in April. Its key rec­om­men­da­tion is that the fed­eral govern­ment enun­ci­ate “cer­tain core pri­vacy prin­ci­ples” to set a base­line of con­sumer pro­tec­tions and then con­vene mem­bers of govern­ment and other stake­hold­ers to “ad­dress spe­cific pri­vacy is­sues as they arise,” Locke said.

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