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White House Privacy White Paper

Publication Date: 
February 28, 2012
Privacy Law Watch (BNA)
Alexei Alexis and Donald G. Aplin

Director of Privacy and Robotics at the Center for Internet and Society M. Ryan Calo spoke about tconsumer privacy protection in the United States and was quoted by Alexei Alexis and Donald G. Aplin of Privacy Law Watch.

The White House Feb. 23 officially released a white paper with recommendations for creating a new consumer privacy protection regime in the United States.

Privacy experts generally lauded the administration's two-pronged blueprint for federal legislation establishing a set of baseline privacy principles in a consumer “bill of rights” (see box), coupled with a co-regulatory set of voluntarily created and implemented codes of conduct for businesses backed up with enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.


“It seems the White House wants to make the case that the United States has a consistent and unified vision for privacy regulation that can compete on equal footing with that of Europe,” Ryan Calo, director of the Privacy Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 23.