Commerce and International Privacy Activities: Conclusion

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The World Privacy Forum prepared this report in part because the role of the Department of Commerce in privacy may change in the near future. The Department of Commerce is co-chair with the Department of Justice on the Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy established by the Obama Administration toward the end of 2010. It is not comforting to consumer privacy advocates that Department of Justice is a law enforcement agency that is often antagonistic to consumer privacy interests, that the Commerce Department has mostly represented business interests in international privacy matters, and that the Commerce Department does not have an admirable record in the areas of privacy that it currently oversees. This leaves the leadership of the Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy without a strong voice for consumer privacy interests.

 

Report Information:

This report was published by the World Privacy Forum. It is available at <http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/pdf/USDepartmentofCommerceReportfs.pdf>. Please check this page for updates to the report.

The report was first published November 22, 2010.

 

 

Roadmap: The US Department of Commerce and International Privacy Activities – Indifference and Neglect: Conclusion

 

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