The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) issued its proposed framework as to consumer privacy regulation in December 2010. An updated proposal is anticipated in early 2012. The paper includes five recommendations:
1. proposed set of Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPP) intended to protect personal information that is not covered by current sectoral law;
2. adoption of FIPP as a baseline for global interoperability;
5. establishment of a federal standard for breach notifications (which are currently regulated by varying state statutes in 46 of the 50 states).
Commerce's approach primarily relies on self-regulation by industry via voluntary enforceable codes of conduct.
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