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White House Privacy White Paper

White House Privacy White Paper

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"Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy" - White House white paper on privacy.
"Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy" - White House white paper on privacy.

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Published by: Alex Howard on Feb 23, 2012
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2011 U.S. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT COORDINATOR ANNUAL REPORT ONINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT
 
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 JANUARY 2012
 
2011 U.S. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT COORDINATOR ANNUAL REPORT ONINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT
 
CONSUMER DATA PRIVACY IN A NETWORKED WORLD:
A FRAMEWORK FOR PROTECTINGPRIVACY AND PROMOTING INNOVATIONIN THE GLOBAL DIGITAL ECONOMY 
 
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Foreword
Trust is essential to maintaining the social and economic benets that networked technologies bring tothe United States and the rest o the world. With the condence that companies will handle inormationabout them airly and responsibly, consumers have turned to the Internet to express their creativity, join political movements, orm and maintain riendships, and engage in commerce. The Internet’sglobal connectivity means that a single innovator’s idea can grow rapidly into a product or service thatbecomes a daily necessity or hundreds o millions o consumers. American companies lead the way inproviding these technologies, and the United States benets through job creation and economic growthas a result. Our continuing leadership in this area depends on American companies’ ability to earn andmaintain the trust o consumers in a global marketplace.Privacy protections are critical to maintaining consumer trust in networked technologies. When con-sumers provide inormation about themselves—whether it is in the context o an online social network that is open to public view or a transaction involving sensitive personal inormation—they reasonablyexpect companies to use this inormation in ways that are consistent with the surrounding context. Manycompanies live up to these expectations, but some do not. Neither consumers nor companies have aclear set o ground rules to apply in the commercial arena. As a result, it is dicult today or consumersto assess whether a company’s privacy practices warrant their trust.The consumer data privacy ramework in the United States is, in act, strong. This ramework rests onundamental privacy values, exible and adaptable common law protections and consumer protectionstatutes, Federal Trade Commission enorcement, and policy development that involves a broad arrayo stakeholders. This ramework has encouraged not only social and economic innovations based onthe Internet but also vibrant discussions o how to protect privacy in a networked society involving civilsociety, industry, academia, and the government. The current ramework, however, lacks two elements:a clear statement o basic privacy principles that apply to the commercial world, and a sustained com-mitment o all stakeholders to address consumer data privacy issues as they arise rom advances intechnologies and business models.To address these issues, the Administration oers Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World. At thecenter o this ramework is a Consumer Privacy Bill o Rights, which embraces privacy principles recog-nized throughout the world and adapts them to the dynamic environment o the commercial Internet.The Administration has called or Congress to pass legislation that applies the Consumer Privacy Billo Rights to commercial sectors that are not subject to existing Federal data privacy laws. The FederalGovernment will play a role in convening discussions among stakeholders—companies, privacy andconsumer advocates, international partners, State Attorneys General, Federal criminal and civil lawenorcement representatives, and academics—who will then develop codes o conduct that imple-ment the Consumer Privacy Bill o Rights. Such practices, when expressly and armatively adopted bycompanies subject to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jurisdiction, will be legally enorceable by the FTC.The United States will engage with our international partners to create greater interoperability among

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