Obama administration to target Internet privacy: report

Nov 12, 2010
A man browses the internet on his iPad device in Fort Worth, Texas in April 2010. The United States is preparing to boost efforts to police Internet privacy, with a push for new laws and a new office to manage the effort, the Wall Street Journal said.

The United States is preparing to boost efforts to police Internet privacy, with a push for new laws and a new office to manage the effort, the Wall Street Journal said Friday.

President Barack Obama's Commerce Department is preparing a report on the strategy that will be released in the coming weeks, the Journal said.

Obama's administration, in a break from previous governments that relied on the Internet industry's self-regulation, will take a more hands-on approach to online privacy, an issue that has embroiled Internet giants and in recent months.

The United States does not have a comprehensive law on the books to deal with Internet privacy. As opposed to detailing specific legislative goals, the new privacy position overseeing the effort would look to direct the debate, according to the draft Commerce Department report, said the newspaper.

The Obama administration is "committed to promoting policies that will preserve consumer online while ensuring the Web remains a platform for innovation, jobs, and economic growth," said a Commerce Department spokesman quoted by the Journal.

"These are complementary goals, because consumer trust in the Internet is essential for businesses to succeed online."

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fleem
not rated yet Nov 12, 2010
Knowing the government will be given more power to monitor my activities on the Internet certainly will calm my fears of somebody monitoring my activity on the Internet. Oh wait. Nevermind.
StarDust21
not rated yet Nov 12, 2010
Well that is kinda late mister obama, should have done that while you had more elected.