February 28, 2012

Could Obama 's Privacy Plan Threaten The Internet?

Adam Thierer speaks exclusively on Obama's "let's be more like Europe" privacy plan 

The ongoing debate over online privacy is in the spotlight once again. However, this time, it's the White House that's at the center of the controversy.

Last week, the Obama Administration announced a privacy plan that would give consumers more control over their data. In the first-ever introduction of federal privacy policy, the White House proposal calls for Internet companies, privacy groups, law enforcement agencies, and state attorneys general to work together and develop voluntary standards to ensure the highest protections for consumer data. 

Would you like to see consumer privacy protected through regulation? Why or why not? Share your thoughts here. 

In the White Paper released by the Administration, President Obama wrote:
One thing should be clear, even though we live in a world in which we share personal information more freely than in the past, we must reject the conclusion that privacy is an outmoded value. It has been at the heart of our democracy from its inception, and we need it now more than ever.
Prior to the White House's announcement, WebProNews spoke with Jules Polonetsky, the Director of the Future of Privacy Forum, who predicted that privacy legislation would ultimately come to the U.S. 

"I think it's clear that we are... eventually going to have a privacy law. The question is, whether it's gonna be a good one," he said. "If we are able to craft privacy law that supports innovation [and] gives users more protection, we'll win."

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