EPIC Urges Commerce Department to Support Effective Privacy Standards


EPIC submitted comments on the Commerce Report, "Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework." EPIC called for an independent privacy agency with enforcement powers, and a comprehensive federal privacy law based on robust Fair Information Practices. EPIC also urged the Department to push forward an international framework for privacy protection and explained how effective regulation will promote innovation for privacy as it has for alternative energy. EPIC warned the Commerce Department not to "repeat the dreadful mistake of P3P," a privacy protocol widely viewed as one of the failures of self regulation.

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