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3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission continued to step up pressure on businesses that collect consumer data on Monday, issuing a long-awaited final report on online privacy that lays out new standards and calls on Congress to push through legislation. Predictably, free-market observers said the regulators were overstepping their bounds - and privacy...
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3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission just released a kind of online privacy mission statement in the form of a 112-page document that calls on companies to pledge support for consumer privacy-bolstering policies. Employing the vernacular of the soft-skills industry, the FTC calls its recommendations “best practices” and says they’re...
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3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The US’ Federal Trade Commission is putting pressure on both Congress and tech companies to take actions to protect user privacy and give them more information on how their personal data is collected and used. In its final report, released 26 March, the FTC takes aim at vendors whose mobile devices, apps and services collect the personal...
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3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The government’s chief consumer protection agency said on Monday that it intended to take direct aim at the vast industry that has grown up around the buying and selling of information about American consumers. The agency, the Federal Trade Commission, called on Congress to enact legislation regulating so-called data brokers, which...
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3/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In a broad report issued Monday, the FTC echoed President Obama's call, issued a month ago, for a new law that would serve as a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, establishing a basic set of online privacy principles. The agency also called specifically for a new law that would let consumers access, and dispute, personal and financial data...
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2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday outlined a set of online privacy principles that officials said would help consumers control the use of their personal data gleaned from Internet searches. The framework for a new privacy code moves electronic commerce closer to a one-click, one-touch process by which users can tell...
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2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates say the Obama Administration's blueprint for protecting consumers' privacy online is a good first step, but they will be watching closely to see how it's implemented. On Thursday the White House and the Federal Trade Communications unveiled the "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights," which will serve as a...
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2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
NEW YORK — The Obama administration is calling for stronger privacy protections for consumers as mobile gadgets, Internet services and other tools are able to do a better job of tracking what you do and where you go. Consumer and privacy groups welcomed the effort, though some worried that it won’t do enough. Administration...
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2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The White House has called on internet firms to develop stronger privacy protections for consumers. The move comes amid worries that browsing information is being tracked and given to advertisers. State attorneys in 36 states recently sent a letter of concern over Google's plan to share personal information across its products. As part...
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2/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
President Obama's administration has released a set of guidelines addressing online consumer privacy. Representatives from several business and consumer groups will meet to mull the outline and make their recommendations, after which the White House aims to work with Congress in developing legislation based on the plan. Undeterred by its...