Online Privacy after the DOC and FTC Reports

The long-awaited Federal Trade Commission and Department of Commerce reports outlined recommendations for online privacy policy ranging from strengthening multi-stakeholder models to a “Do Not Track” mechanism for internet browsers. Congress is now poised to add its voice to the debate, with legislation already introduced and more to come. With the proposals representing a wide swath of options, how can policymakers choose the best course of action? How will each proposal affect online businesses and consumers? Alternately, is a federal privacy policy needed or advisable? Panelists will discuss the findings of the recent DOC and FTC reports and will give their suggestions on how policymakers in both the agencies and Congress can move forward on online privacy issues.

Questions should be directed to Ashley Creel at [email protected]. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

The Honorable Cliff Stearns
William Kovacic, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Thomas Lenard, President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
Daniel Sepulveda, Senior Advisor, Office of Senator John Kerry
Catherine Tucker, Douglas Drane Career Development Professor in IT and Management, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Daniel Weitzner, Associate Administrator, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce

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