Commerce To Launch Task Force On Private Sector Job Growth Issues Via Net

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The Department of Commerce is seeking comment on the current state of Internet privacy policies and will launch a task force on issues affecting the private sector's ability to realize job and economic growth via the Internet, including online copyright protection.

Commerce on April 21 launched a notice of inquiry seeking comment from all Internet stakeholders "on the impact of current privacy laws in the United States and around the world on the pace of innovation in the information economy."

The task force will include members of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, which is Commerce's communications policy arm; the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Patent and Trademark Office.

The task force will look at, among other things, "cyber security, online copyright protection and international barriers to moving data around the globe."