Friday, 30 March 2012

FTC report on best practices for consumer privacy

The Federal Trade Commission, which calls itself  "the nation's chief privacy policy and enforcement agency", has issued a final report setting forth best practices for businesses to protect the privacy of American consumers and give them greater control over the collection and use of their personal data. In the report, "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations For Businesses and Policymakers" (112 page pdf), the FTC also recommends that Congress consider enacting general privacy legislation, data security and breach notification legislation, and "data broker" legislation. The report includes a chronology (page 93) of FTC action on consumer privacy beginning in 1970, and including laws, cases, reports, workshops, and educational publications. 

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