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White House Unveils Privacy Bill of Rights
A Selection of Voluntary Guidelines Most are Already Following
by Karl Bode 09:17AM Thursday Feb 23 2012
Despite the new age of smarter, undeletable cookies, behavioral advertising, deep packet inspection, clickstream sales and search result hijacking, there still aren't modern consumer protection regulations in place to protect consumers from privacy abuses. Given the collective lobbying muscle of the telecom, content, and advertising industries that's not particularly surprising, given none of those sectors want real rules with any teeth.

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Realizing that at least the appearance of an effort has to take place, the White House this week unveiled their attempt at a Privacy Bill of Rights. Dubbed the "Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy" (pdf), the White House is requesting that "Congress should act to protect consumers from violations," and improve FTC enforcement capabilities.

"It is important that a baseline statute provide a level playing field for companies, a consistent set of expectations for consumers, and greater clarity and transparency in the basis for FTC enforcement actions," says the plan.

The "bill of rights" focuses on seven principles aimed at protecting consumers' digital privacy, including the right to opt out of data collection, the right to clear company privacy guidelines, and quick notification of security breaches. Bundled into these guidelines are recommendations for a litany of things industries are already doing, including snoopvertising opt out functionality that's already being implemented in several browsers.

The White House says they'll bring together stakeholders to help further refine the guidelines and that 90 percent of companies involved in targeted online advertising have agreed to comply. That's in large part because they already are complying, and they themselves are the ones that proposed most of these guidelines. You won't find anything industry finds detestable here, including the ability for consumer to opt in to snoopvertising, instead of putting the onus on the consumer to opt out.

To be very clear, hard privacy rules these are not. The White House is simply making a request for cooperation to enforce existing rules, with a layer of voluntary standards on privacy rights. Given that naming and shaming and self-regulation never really seems to work (CarrierIQ, NebuAD, Google and Apple's latest missteps), this effort will be greeted with skepticism, particularly given the White House has a rather unstable interpretation of what privacy laws they themselves have to follow. Actual enforcement of voluntary protections may be shaking, and getting any new rules through Congress and past lobbyists will be an epic challenge.

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pnh102
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Good Grief

Gas is on track to being $5 a gallon by summer. The economy continues to sputter into oblivion with no recovery in sight.

This is what the White House deems to be important?
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Re: Good Grief

Totally agree , this administration is just plain backwards, when it comes to priorities.

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said by pnh102:

Gas is on track to being $5 a gallon by summer. The economy continues to sputter into oblivion with no recovery in sight.

This is what the White House deems to be important?

Other not important things from the federal government. Women's personal choice of health care services, sex, gay sex, straight sex, animal sex, condoms, marriage, religious beliefs as government imposed law, more sex...

It is important to note that these are not White House issues.
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Re: Good Grief

said by firephoto:

Other not important things from the federal government. Women's personal choice of health care services, sex, gay sex, straight sex, animal sex, condoms, marriage, religious beliefs as government imposed law, more sex...

Indeed. Perhaps if the White House wasn't busy trying to infringe on the religious liberties of private organizations, it would have been able to solve the real problems with which it has yet to deal. But sadly, no one can put birth control in their gas tank.
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Re: Good Grief

You mean those religious liberties of denying non-religious employees their choice of health care services?

I mean who doesn't love it when their boss tells them they can only get 2 of their 3 fingers sewed back on...
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Re: Good Grief

said by firephoto:

I mean who doesn't love it when their boss tells them they can only get 2 of their 3 fingers sewed back on...

I believe they'll be leaving the "diddle finger" off...

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said by firephoto:

You mean those religious liberties of denying non-religious employees their choice of health care services?

No employee's religious liberty is being denied by any organization. If a person doesn't like his employer's health insurance policies he can either opt out and buy it himself or get a new job. No one is forcing anyone to work for a specific organization.

What's next, some sort of help for people who work for tobacco companies but hate smoking?

The Supreme Court just issued a ruling telling the administration that it must butt out of the employment policies of religious employers. That whole pesky First Amendment and not being allowed to restrict the free exercise of religious beliefs and all. What an archaic and outdated concept indeed.

And again, how is giving people "free" birth control going to fix the economy?
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Yes he has been fixing the economy, job growth for the first time in 12 years in manufacturing and the unemployment rate has been going down, that isn't called "doing nothing" and NO people just can't get new jobs idiot, some people don't have a choice because our healthcare is so horrible they will stick with a job because of benefits, not because they like it or not that will only change when we get Single Payer Healthcare »www.pnhp.org/publications/a_bett···page=all. You are so out of touch with reality it's disgusting.

You focus on things like this and then act like it's all the White House/Obama does, yet Republicans this is ALL THEY DO since they've had control of congress, they've gone after social issues and nothing to do with jobs and the economy. You people always know how to twist things into something they aren't, and why I am not surprised again.

Oh and BTW, your whole parties "concept" of everything from social to economic policies are outdated and archaic ( I can't wait to see when someday people will look back on your party in this time and say how ignorant and idiotic they were)

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said by udilini :

Yes he has been fixing the economy, job growth for the first time in 12 years in manufacturing and the unemployment rate has been going down ...

LOL ok.

The only reason the unemployment rate is dropping is because the number of people who have given up on trying to find work has increased. If you don't believe me google the Workforce Participation Rate and you will find it is at a historic low.

When you educate yourself with the facts you may return to the discussion.
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said by pnh102:

Indeed. Perhaps if the White House wasn't busy trying to infringe on the religious liberties of private organizations, it would have been able to solve the real problems with which it has yet to deal. But sadly, no one can put birth control in their gas tank.

Don't worry! Once the government gets done eliminating online copyright infringement, the entertainment industry will ride in like a white knight and single-handedly save the world's economy!

udilini

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Those PRIVATE organizations try to impose there beliefs on us, idiot! Right wing christian organizations always lobbying and Republicans getting rid of same sex marriage (BTW, the birth control issue silly because it's going to be covered anyway now so it's a still a win for women, and those reforms were needed because your PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES will charge an outta this world rate for a necessity for a lot of women) and pushing there mangled CHRISTIAN beliefs onto everyone, happens all the time you see it all the time if your not blinded. You forget this and are severely blinded by facts, GOV'T really CAN'T control gas prices, you blame the government so much, yet you never look to yourselves (republicans) you think you're so much better and more qualified, we saw you do that in the Reagan and Bush era, Reagan brought us debt and more religion while bush brought more of nothing but deregulation do pure stupidity. THINK before you SPEW!

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Re: Good Grief

said by udilini :

Those PRIVATE organizations try to impose there beliefs on us, idiot!

How? Are they holding guns to your head and forcing you to believe a certain way? Are they threatening to put you or your family in prison if you don't believe a certain way? Are they going to take your stuff if you don't believe a certain way?

Do you know what the word "force" means?

Funny I didn't think private organizations had that kind of power.

I know this must be a funny concept for you people to grasp but at the end of the day, you choose to work for your employer. If you don't like what your employer does, that's your problem, not the government's.
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gas prices are the white houses problem?

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said by ArrayList:

gas prices are the white houses problem?

They certainly were when Bush was president. Back in the bad old days of 2008 he was blamed right and left for being an oil man who worked in consort with gas companies to bilk the average citizen dry.

Of course now with this president, he can do "absolutely nothing" about them, which of course is a lie.

As for online privacy, just accept that it doesn't exist, and click accordingly. Nothing more needs to be said about it.
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This just in: apparently, it is possible to multitask, especially when you have thousands of employees at your disposal. What is this mysterious "multitasking?" We'll have more on this news at it breaks.

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said by 45612019:

This just in: apparently, it is possible to multitask, especially when you have thousands of employees at your disposal. What is this mysterious "multitasking?" We'll have more on this news at it breaks.

Yes, because while there's a forest fire raging all around, it is OK to go play with Legos.
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OPT in

or OPT out.

I bet this with be OPT IN... where every thing else has been Opt-Out!
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Conflict of Interest

This is the same government that wants to pass legislation requiring ISPs to maintain records for 2 years to track user's web history?
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Want to be staggered? Do the math on how much data an OC-3 connection passes each year (quite a small isp really). 150MB x 60 seconds x 60 minutes x 24 hours x 365 days is around 4.7304 Petabytes. We'll just assume that they don't have to keep all the information pass over the wires and only need to keep records of which IP address connects to which IP address and the number gets all the way down to "I may only need half a rack of hard drives to store all this."

The additional cost for my internet connection doesn't sit well with me, let alone the privacy concern WHEN a hacker gets this information. Which brings me to the whole other topic of privacy with the government also holding the ISP responsible for securing this data because they know it will be stolen.

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This is party why nearly all popular websites are based around collecting data about their users. They use this to make a profit and they also expand their services to include communications between their users which results in more data to analyze and collect. The gov't just needs to tap the business and rarely has to collect raw data on their own.

This isn't to say the raw data isn't being collected midstream, it's just that they sort of enable a distributed network to do the general analyzing before they focus on one target or group.
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Our Government is truly a piece of dog poop !!!
And this legislation will only add on costs to both taxpayers, businesses and to your ISP Bill.And as mentioned elsewhere it will be a huge security risk.

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Ya know,

It'd be nice if the press would report on this BoR and reveal what it actually is.

Maybe they will for the next president.
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said by Noah Vail:

It'd be nice if the press would report on this BoR and reveal what it actually is.

Maybe they will for the next president.

Won't happen, george soros and the rockefellers and rothchilds run the main stream news.

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said by nonamesleft:

Won't happen, george soros and the rockefellers and rothchilds run the main stream news.

You forgot Jeffery Immelt.
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