The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comments on its report entitled, “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers.”
In his post “FTC Report a Step in the Right Direction,” CDT Consumer Privacy Project Director Justin Brookman writes the following about the report:
A full reading of the report shows that the FTC has thought deeply about how to protect consumer privacy, and the framework incorporates all the Fair Information Practice principles…
Of course, the key question is how will these principles be implemented. The report is largely agnostic on that question. The FTC, without administrative rulemaking authority, lacks the power to embody its framework in regulation.
Comments deadline: Feb. 18, 2011
CDT plans to issue its own comments to the report soon.