Washington — Consumer-privacy advocates want the
Federal Trade Commission to come up with a privacy rights
plan similar to the Federal Communications Commission’s
comprehensive National Broadband Plan.
The FTC has held consumer-privacy workshops toward the
end of producing a report this fall, and groups including the
Center for Digital Democracy, Consumers Union, ACLU. the
Benton Foundation and Public Citizen, want bold statutory
and regulatory recommendations.
In a letter to FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz, they asked the
agency to: establish a comprehensive privacy law that spells
out consumer rights to personal information; come up with
specific regulations for information collection online by the
ad industry; look at location-based targeting and digital signage;
and make it easier for the public to understand the
commission’s enforcement actions and their significance.
“We believe a comprehensive overview of the problems and
discussion of the potential solutions — similar to the recent Federal
Communications Commission Broadband Plan — is the
best way to begin to address these systemic problems,” they
Others signing on to the letter were Consumer Action,
Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog,
Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information
Center, Essential Information, National Consumers
League, Privacy Lives, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Privacy
Times, U.S. PIRG, and the World Privacy Forum.