Report: Many Failures – A Brief History of Privacy Self-Regulation
The report Many Failures: A Brief History of Privacy Self-Regulation, was published October 14, 2011.
Report authors: Robert Gellman and Pam Dixon
The focus of the report is on privacy self-regulation, and its historic effectiveness. This report reviews the leading efforts of the first privacy self-regulatory wave from 1997 to 2007, and includes a review of the life span, policies, and activities of the Individual Reference Services Group, Privacy Leadership Initiative, Online Privacy Alliance, Network Advertising Initiative, BBBOnline Privacy Program, US-EU Safe Harbor Framework, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and the Platform for Privacy Preferences. A key finding of this report is that the majority of the industry self-regulatory programs that were initiated failed in one or more substantive ways, and, many disappeared entirely. The report concludes with a discussion of possible reforms for the process, including a defined and permanent role for consumers, independence, setting benchmarks, and other safeguards.
Jump to other sections of the report: Introduction and Summary | II. Industry-Supported Self-Regulatory Programs for Privacy | III. Government Privacy Self-Regulatory Activities | IV. Combination Self-Regulatory Efforts | V. Conclusion
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