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Obama Administration to Ask Congress for Privacy Bill of Rights

Posted Mar 16, 2011 9:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Senate Commerce Committee hearing today will be the backdrop for the Obama administration’s push for a new privacy bill of rights to protect online consumers.

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Strickling is expected to appear at the hearing to ask Congress to pass legislation that will protect Americans from intrusive collection of personal data, according to the Wall Street Journal and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.

The proposed law will track recommendations in a Commerce Department report that says companies should ask for permission before using personal data for a purpose that differs from the reason it was collected, a source told the Wall Street Journal.

The National Journal quotes from Strickland's prepared testimony. He says legislation should include these key elements: notice about the information collected about consumers, choice, access to the information, and security to make sure the data is protected.

The proposed bill would give enforcement authority to the Federal Trade Commission.

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