In this Issue:
Around the Agencies
• Federal Trade Commission Report on Privacy
• Department of Commerce Issues Green Paper Concerning Commercial Data Privacy
New Online Marketing Law
• Congress Passes the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act
2011 looks to be a busy year for privacy-related matters starting with the upcoming deadlines for comment on the recently released privacy reports by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce. In addition, Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Kerry (D MA) are expected to introduce new privacy bills in the coming weeks. It is not yet clear what impact the new Republican majority in the House will have on the timing of the House’s consideration of privacy issues, but it is clear that there will be considerable attention to online advertising, data security, cybersecurity, and the commercial uses of data. This issue of the Download includes articles on the Federal Trade Commission’s interim report on a proposed framework for how companies could address consumer privacy, the Department of Commerce’s report on commercial data privacy, and a newly enacted law that regulates online transactions.
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