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White House Plans Regulation-Free Privacy Law

  • CNET, Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12 PM
What can corporations expect from the White House's forthcoming approach to Internet consumer protection? "Privacy law without regulation," reports CNet, citing comments this week from administration aid.

"Businesses that are engaged in responsible privacy practices today ought not to face any additional burdens," said Danny Weitzner, associate administrator at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, on assignment to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

"You can have stronger privacy law, clearer rules, clearer principles established in law, without the costs and downsides of a traditional regulatory structure," Weitzner explained at a Technology Policy Institute conference this week. In December, as CNet notes, the U.S. Commerce Department outlined proposals for how federal laws regulating companies' data collection practices could be updated. "An administration-wide white paper is expected this fall," according to CNet.

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