White House Proposes Broad Consumer Data Privacy Bill

The Obama administration on Friday proposed a wide-ranging bill intended to provide Americans with more control over the personal information that companies collect about them and how that data can be used, fulfilling a promise the president had talked about for years.But some privacy advocates immediately jumped on the proposed legislation, saying it failed to go far enough, particularly given the broad statements President Obama had made on the issue. They said the bill would give too much leeway to companies and not enough power to consumers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/28/business/white-house-proposes-broad-consumer-data-privacy-bill.htmlAlso see:White House Proposes Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
The Obama administration released a draft of new data privacy legislation on Friday, renewing a debate over how to regulate companies that collect consumer data from sensors, apps and web clicks.The draft of a so-called Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights called on companies to explain their privacy and security practices in “concise and easily understandable language;” let consumers see, correct, and delete information that companies hold about them; and not resell or reuse data in ways that would cause consumers fear or surprise.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/02/27/white-house-proposes-consumer-privacy-bill-of-rights/White House privacy proposal aims to give consumers control over data [IDG]
U.S. businesses that collect personal data would be required to describe their privacy and security practices and give consumers control over their personal information under a proposed privacy bill of rights released Friday by President Barack Obama’s administration.The proposal would also require companies and nonprofit groups to collect and retain only the personal data they need to operate.

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