White House Backs ‘Consumer Bill of Rights’ for Online Privacy
The White House embraces browser-based do-not-track tools. FTC will gain enforcement authority as Commerce Department convenes stakeholders (including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo) to develop a voluntary codes of conduct. Center for Digital Democracy, however, calls for legislation.
Alarmed that the varied and often murky ways that Internet businesses collect, use and share information about consumers’ online activities, the White House today issued a blueprint for strengthening online privacy, including a so-called consumer bill of rights and commitments from leading industry players to adhere to a set of best practices, including a do-not-track tool embedded within the major Web browsers.