White House: Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
Building on the recommendations of a Green Paper on Privacy and Innovation released by the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force in December 2010, the Administration released Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Economy. The report contains a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights with the following principles:
- Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data companies collect from them and how they use it.
- Transparency: Consumers have a right to easily understandable and accessible information about privacy and security practices.
- Respect for Context: Consumers have a right to expect that companies will collect, use, and disclose personal data in ways that are consistent with the context in which consumers provide the data.
- Security: Consumers have a right to secure and responsible handling of personal data.
- Access and Accuracy: Consumers have a right to access and correct personal data in usable formats, in a manner that is appropriate to the sensitivity of the data and the risk of adverse consequences to consumers if the data is inaccurate.
- Focused Collection: Consumers have a right to reasonable limits on the personal data that companies collect and retain.
- Accountability: Consumers have a right to have personal data handled by companies with appropriate measures in place to assure they adhere to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
In introducing the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, President Obama stated that "even though we live in a world in which we share personal information more freely than in the past, we must reject the conclusion that privacy is an outmoded value. It has been at the heart of our democracy from its inception, and we need it now more than ever.”
- EPIC Urges FCC to Establish Communications Privacy Protections for Consumers: EPIC has submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to undertake a rulemaking to protect the communications privacy of consumers. EPIC asked the FCC to explore "the full range of communications privacy issues facing US consumers." EPIC proposed that the FCC implement Fair Information Practices and the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights; adopt data minimization requirements; promote Privacy-Enhancing Technologies; and require opt-in consent for the use or disclosure of consumer data. EPIC suggested that the FCC model its communications privacy rules on the Code of Fair Information Practices for the National Information Infrastructure. EPIC has worked with the FCC to promote consumer privacy in the communications field for more than 20 years. (Jan. 20, 2016)
- White House Announces Federal Privacy Council: White House OMB Director Shaun Donovan announced plans to establish a new Federal Privacy Council. The Privacy Council will develop and coordinate privacy strategies and best practices across the federal government. Director Donovan remarked, "
Government has a critical role in enforcing and ensuring protections for the privacy of its citizens." Donovan also announced plans to update privacy guidance for federal agencies. Donovan highlighted the White House's efforts to protect privacy and civil liberties, including the White House Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and Big Data Review. EPIC recently urged Congress to enact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and establish an independent privacy agency. (Dec. 4, 2015)
More top news »
- White House, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Economy (Feb. 2012)
- U.S. Dep't of Commerce, Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework (Dec. 2010)
- Obama Administration Unveils Promising Consumer Privacy Plan, but the Devil Will Be in the Details, Marcia Hoffman, Electronic Frontier Foundation (Feb. 23, 2012)
- Time to Get Down to Business on Privacy, Chris Calabrese, American Civil Liberties Union (Feb. 23, 2012)
- Federal government’s online privacy plan: Statement by Consumers Union and Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union (Feb. 23, 2012)
- Obama unveils push for Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, John Fontana, ZDNet (Feb. 23, 2012)
- Obama Offers Blueprint for Privacy Rights on the Internet, John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld (Feb. 23, 2012)
- White House Privacy Bill of Rights--Good Start, but Concerns Loom, Center for Digital Democracy (Feb. 23, 2012)
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