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Internet Policy Task Force Green Paper on Privacy December 16 2010

Internet Policy Task Force Green Paper on Privacy December 16 2010

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CommerCial Data PrivaCy anD innovation in theinternet eConomy: a DynamiC PoliCy Framework
the DePartment oF CommerCeinternet PoliCy task ForCe
 
MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY OF COMMERCE GARY LOCKE
The Internet is an extraordinary platform for innovation, economicgrowth, and social communication. Using the Internet, entrepreneursreach global markets, political groups organize, and major companiesmanage their supply chains and deliver services to their customers.Simply stated, the Internet is becoming the central nervous system of ourinformation economy and society.Over the last 15 years, personal computers, mobile phones, and otherdevices have transformed how we access and use information. Aspowerful, exciting, and innovative as these developments are, they also bring with them new concerns. New devices and applications allow thecollection and use of personal information in ways that, at times, can becontrary to many consumers’ privacy expectations.Addressing these issues in a way that protects the tremendous economicand social value of the Internet without stifling innovation requires afresh look at Internet policy. For this reason, in April 2010, I launched anInternet Policy Task Force (IPTF), which brings together the technical,policy, trade, and legal expertise of the entire Department.The following report – or green paper – recommends consideration of anew framework for addressing online privacy issues in the United States.It recommends that the U.S. government articulate certain core privacyprinciples—in order to assure baseline consumer protections—and that,collectively, the government and stakeholders come together to addressspecific privacy issues as they arise. We believe this framework will bothimprove the state of affairs domestically and advance interoperabilityamong different privacy regimes around the world so that, globally,Internet services can continue to flourish.The report represents the collective effort of numerous staff pulled frommy office and across the Department. It could not have been developedwithout unparalleled teamwork; in particular, among staff of the NationalTelecommunications and Information Administration, the InternationalTrade Administration, and the National Institute for Standards andTechnology. I am grateful for the extensive investment of executive timeand resources by Department leadership.In particular, General Counsel Cameron Kerry has been a leader of theIPTF and played an instrumental role in the formulation of this greenpaper. Assistant Secretary Lawrence E. Strickling, the NationalTelecommunications and Information Administrator, has helped convenethe Department’s IPTF and provided keen insights and leadership on
 
 
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 commercial data privacy policy. Finally, I want to thank the respondentsto our Privacy and Innovation Notice of Inquiry and the manyparticipants in our outreach meetings.The report completes just the first phase of this inquiry. For theundertaking to succeed, we will need your ongoing participation andcontributions.Sincerely,Gary Locke

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