Friday, November 12, 2010

Watchdog Planned for Online Privacy

Julia Angwin
The Wall Street Journal

The Obama administration is preparing a stepped-up approach to policing Internet privacy that calls for new laws and the creation of a new position to oversee the effort, according to people familiar with the situation.

The strategy is expected to be unveiled in a report being issued by the U.S. Commerce Department in coming weeks, these people said. The report isn't yet final and could change, these people said.

In a related move, the White House has created a special task force that is expected to help transform the Commerce Department recommendations into policy, these people said. The White House task force, set up three weeks ago, is led by Cameron Kerry, the brother of Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) and Commerce Department general counsel, and Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice.

The initiatives would mark a turning point in Internet policy.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have to presume Obama's appointments will be thinking like him & they will go after anyone that is anit-Obama. As he said about the Republicans..."punish our enemies". Kind of sounds like Nixon.

Anonymous said...

By 'policing privacy' does that mean they will be working to ensure people's privacy or to intrude more on people's privacy? Somehow I feel I already know the answer to that question. Probably like the way the government 'polices drugs' by bringing drugs into the country, or 'police the border' by letting illegals stream across.

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