In April, the Department of Commerce formed Internet Policy Task Force to look at the various issues affecting economic growth and job creation through the Internet. Today, the task force issued its first report, a green paper on the framework that the Commerce Department intends to apply to questions about online privacy.
“Like the FTC’s privacy report, the DoC is looking for a fresh approach to privacy and a better way to help consumers understand what happens to data online. In particular, the green paper focuses on the need for all global stakeholders — including companies, advocates, and government — to work together to proactively improve privacy. We strongly support the Commerce Department engaging more actively internationally including the creation of a global framework for privacy to better address international data flows. The report also stresses the importance of preserving and encouraging innovation on the Internet. Additionally, DoC calls for a re-examination of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) — which dates back to 1986. We’re on board with that, since the outdated law simply hasn’t kept pace with evolving technologies,” stated Google.