Magazine article Information Management

United States Moving toward Online Privacy Rules

Magazine article Information Management

United States Moving toward Online Privacy Rules

Article excerpt

Currently, there is no comprehensive U.S. law that protects consumer privacy online. Businesses have fought regulation, preferring to police their own actions. Past administrations have chosen not to enter the fray for fear of being accused of stifling innovation.

But as incidences of online monitoring of consumers by marketers, buying and selling of consumers' most personal information, and identity theft continue to skyrocket, the government apparently has decided to take action.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) polices Internet privacy issues now, but unless the action violates privacy and is considered "deceptive" or "unfair," it can't do much. Recent initiatives may change this and mark a real turning point in Internet policy for the United States.

The FTC and the Commerce Department will soon release separate, and possibly conflicting, reports addressing online privacy, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Both have said publicly they want tougher privacy standards. However, top Commerce officials have hinted that their department favors voluntary but enforceable standards. The FTC, on the other hand, is expected to push for stricter rules for consumers, including a "do not track" option for websites similar to the "do not call" phone lists. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.