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 Tells FCC to Reject "Notice and Choice" Approach to Privacy: EPIC has filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission on the proposed broadband privacy rules. EPIC said that the proposed rules are a modest first step and that the FCC has legal authority to do more to safeguard American consumers. EPIC also responded to erroneous statements from industry groups that the FTC's "notice and choice" framework safeguards consumer privacy. EPIC described numerous shortcomings, including lack of enforcement, frequent changes in privacy policies, and data breaches. "Notice and choice" is “directly at odds with baseline privacy standards,” EPIC said. EPIC previously urged the Commission to "address the full range of communications privacy issues facing US consumers" and to apply the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to communications data. (Jul. 7, 2016)
- Lack of Privacy Impacts Internet Use, Economy, Says NTIA Survey: A recent study by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration found that nearly half of Internet users in the US refrained from online activities due to privacy and security concerns. Identity theft was the top concern, cited by 63 percent of respondents, followed by financial fraud, noted by 45 percent. Nearly a quarter of Americans cited concerns about online tracking. “In addition to being a problem of great concern to many Americans, privacy and security issues may reduce economic activity and hamper the free exchange of ideas online,” NTIA concluded. EPIC has supported enactment of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and recently launched “Data Protection 2016,” a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election. (May. 16, 2016)
- FCC Moves Forward With Narrow Privacy Rules (Mar. 31, 2016) +
- EPIC Urges FCC to Establish Communications Privacy Protections for Consumers (Jan. 20, 2016) +
- White House Announces Federal Privacy Council (Dec. 4, 2015) +
- EPIC to Call For Comprehensive Overhaul of U.S. Privacy Law (Nov. 2, 2015) +
- New Report Highlights Consumer Goals for EU Privacy Law (Sep. 17, 2015) +
- EPIC Launches State Policy Project (May. 5, 2015) +
- White House (Commerce Dept.) Privacy Bill Not Helpful, Unworkable (Mar. 2, 2015) +
- EPIC Urges House to Safeguard Consumer Privacy (Jan. 26, 2015) +
- Obama Announces New Consumer Privacy Initiatives (Jan. 12, 2015) +
- FTC Finalizes Snapchat Settlement (Jan. 2, 2015) +
- After Public Outcry, Microsoft Reverses Course on Email Search (Apr. 5, 2014) +
- EPIC, Coalition Urge President Obama to Advance Privacy Bill of Rights (Feb. 24, 2014) +
- "I will reform our surveillance programs," President Obama Tells Nation (Jan. 29, 2014) +
- EPIC's Rotenberg Urges State Attorneys General to Safeguard Consumer Privacy (Apr. 16, 2013) +
- EPIC Urges FTC to Develop Meaningful Privacy Protections for Mobile Services (Jul. 11, 2012) +
- EPIC Calls on FTC to Develop Substantive Privacy Protections at Workshop on Mobile Advertising (May. 11, 2012) +
- EPIC to Commerce Department: Establish Privacy Rights (Apr. 4, 2012) +
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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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler