Last week, CDT submitted comments in response to a “green paper” on consumer privacy that was recently released by the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force. The green paper articulated the Task Force’s recommendations for a new U.S. privacy framework, one that would promote both consumer protection and American innovation.
In our comments, CDT applauded the Task Force for taking on a leadership role on the issue of privacy, both domestically and internationally. CDT expressed strong support for the Task Force’s decision to recommend the adoption of the full range of Fair Information Practice Principles across all industries that collect and use consumer data. We strongly agree with the finding that a robust privacy framework is needed not just by consumers, but by businesses as well. The U.S.’s lack of basic protections is starting to become a competitive disadvantage for American companies, as global customers are increasingly wary of storing data here. Moreover, without baseline protections in place, the U.S. lacks the credibility to argue for the free flow of information across borders.
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