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Obama Proposes Privacy Bill of Rights

President asks Congress to pass new law

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Obama Proposes Privacy Bill of RightsPresident Barack Obama recently unveiled his administration's new approach for tackling many of the problems currently related to consumers' privacy both online and in the real world.

The new consumer privacy "bill of rights" would spell out how Americans' personal data can be collected, stored, used and shared by organizations online, but at the same time, the White House is also leaning on the companies culling this information to do more to protect consumers, according to a report from Politico. In particular, Obama is stressing that consumers have to feel secure when sharing private information online for businesses to succeed.

"American consumers can't wait any longer for clear rules of the road that ensure their personal information is safe online," said President Obama, according to the site. "As the Internet evolves, consumer trust is essential for the continued growth of the digital economy."

Eduard Goodman, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft 911, has a blog about the various problems consumers may face when dealing with online privacy issues and what they can do to reduce those concerns.

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