Speak Up on the Department of Commerce’s Privacy Report

The Department of Commerce (DOC) is seeking public comment on its report entitled, “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework.”

In his post “On Heels of FTC, Commerce Calls for Better Privacy Rules,” CDT Consumer Privacy Project Director Justin Brookman writes the following about the report (referred to as a “green paper” by the DOC):

Contrary to prior reporting the green paper does not explicitly call for a baseline privacy law to put the Fair Information Practice Principles into place. The report does list a baseline law as the first option it is considering, but it solicits public comment on what approach Commerce should ultimately take…

We (CDT) continue to believe that a baseline privacy law based on the Fair Information Practices is the only way to address the worst actors and to create consumer and global confidence in the U.S. privacy protection framework.

Click here to submit comments to the Department of Commerce

Comments deadline: Jan. 28, 2010

CDT plans to issue its own comments to the report soon.

For more information on submitting comments, including submitting written comments via mail, visit the Federal Register website.