The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) has submitted comments for the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) public roundtable discussions exploring the privacy challenges created by current and emerging technology, and business practices that involve the collection and use of consumer data. The first in this series of FTC roundtable discussions will take place on December 7, 2009. The CDT has urged the FTC to use these roundtable discussions to create a full set of fair information practice principles (FIPs) for a stronger privacy protection framework. The CDT also made specific recommendations to improve privacy protection in the 21st century.
- The FTC should pursue enforcement actions against all businesses involved in unfair privacy practices, not just spyware companies.
- The FTC should use its subpoena power to acquire information about company privacy practices.
- The Commission should encourage Congress to pass general consumer privacy legislation that would allow the FTC to draft its own set of consumer privacy rules to clarify basic privacy expectations and strengthen privacy protection.
- The FTC should establish benchmarks and metrics for evaluating company privacy policies, and the Commission should more actively promote the development of privacy-enhancing technology.
The CDT’s full comments can be found here.