[Wg-p3] Fwd: ISPI Clips 136.186: WSJ - FTC to Hold Three Public Privacy Roundtables

mark at smartspecies.com mark at smartspecies.com
Thu Sep 17 19:57:51 PDT 2009

Interesting bit of news on the wire.

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ISPI Clips 136.186: FTC to Hold Three Public Privacy Roundtables
This From: The Wall Street Journal Blogs, September 16, 2009

FTC to Hold Privacy Roundtables

By Andrew LaVallee
September 16, 2009, 4:05 PM ET

The Federal Trade Commission is planning three public discussions, starting
in December, devoted to technology and consumer privacy.

According to the FTC, the roundtables will address topics such as social
networking, cloud computing, online advertising and mobile marketing, the
goal being "to determine how best to protect consumer privacy while
supporting beneficial uses of the information and technological innovation."
Behavioral advertising, in particular, has come under fire by privacy
groups. Earlier this month, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumers Union
and other related organizations called for stronger rules limiting what
kinds of personal information are collected by marketers and how long they
can hold on them.

The first FTC privacy roundtable will be held Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C.,
and will be open to the public as well as published via a live Webcast. The
agency is accepting requests for panelists and written comments on its site.
It has also posted three initial questions:

   1.. What risks, concerns, and benefits arise from the collection, sharing,
and use of consumer information? For example, consider the risks and/or
benefits of information practices in the following contexts: retail or other
commercial environments involving a direct consumer-business relationship;
data broker and other business-to-business environments involving no direct
consumer relationship; platform environments involving information sharing
with third party application developers; the mobile environment; social
networking sites; behavioral advertising; cloud computing services; services
that collect sensitive data, such as information about adolescents or
children, financial or health information, or location data; and any other
contexts you wish to address.  <| Powered by www.ISPIClips.com |>

   2.. Are there commonly understood or recognized consumer expectations
about how information concerning consumers is collected and used? Do
consumers have certain general expectations about the collection and use of
their information when they browse the Internet, participate in social
networking services, obtain products from retailers both online and offline,
or use mobile communications devices? Is there empirical data that allows us
reliably to measure any such consumer expectations? How determinative should
consumer expectations be in developing policies about privacy?

   3.. Do the existing legal requirements and self-regulatory regimes in the
United States today adequately protect consumer privacy interests? If not,
what are the particular privacy interests that warrant increased protection?
How have changes in technology, and in the way consumer data is collected,
stored, and shared, affected consumer privacy? What are the costs, benefits,
and feasibility of technological innovations, such as browser-based
controls, that enable consumers to exercise control over information
collection? How might increased privacy protections affect technological

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