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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

Commerce Seeks Comment on Information Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy
On April 23, 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Task Force published Federal Register notice that it

    "is conducting a comprehensive review of the nexus between privacy policy and innovation in the Internet economy. The Department seeks public comment from all Internet stakeholders, including the commercial, academic and civil society sectors, on the impact of current privacy laws in the United States and around the world on the pace of innovation in the information economy. The Department also seeks to understand whether current privacy laws serve consumer interests and fundamental democratic values. After analyzing the comments responding to this Notice, the Department intends to issue a report, which will contribute to the Administration's domestic policy and international engagement in the area of Internet privacy."
The Task Force is comprised of several bureaus within Commerce. It seeks public comment on the following issues:
  1. The U.S. Privacy Framework Going Forward

  2. U.S. State Privacy Laws

  3. International Privacy Laws and Regulations

  4. Jurisdictional Conflicts and Competing Legal Obligations

  5. Sectoral Privacy Laws and Federal Guidelines

  6. New Privacy-Enhancing Technologies and Information Management Processes

  7. Small and Medium-Sized Entities and Startup Companies

  8. The Role for Government/Commerce Department
Comments are due June 2, 2010.

Commerce's Federal Register notice explains that the Task Force is conducting similar reviews of cybersecurity, global free flow of information goods and services, and online copyright protection issues.
  • Click here to read Task Force's Federal Register notice