Future of Privacy Forum Issues Recommendations for the New Presidential Administration

Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:00am EST

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Future of Privacy Forum Issues Recommendations for the New Presidential

Chief Privacy Officer needed in new Administration

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Future of Privacy Forum
(FPF) today proposed seven privacy recommendations to the upcoming
administration. FPF Co-chairs Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf applaud
President-Elect Obama for recognizing that the use and development of
technology is key to the future of our country.  FPF urges the President-elect
to also appoint a Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) in order to recognize that
responsible use of data by businesses and government is critical to the
economy, to protecting civil liberties and to ensuring public safety.

The Future of Privacy Forum recommends the following for the Obama

    1. Appoint a Chief Privacy Officer to Promote Fair Information Practices
       the Public and Private Sectors
    2. Ensure that Interactive Tools used by Government Provide Users with
       Enhanced Transparency and Controls
    3. Establish a Standard Definition of Personal Information
    4. Increase Technology and Research support for the Federal Trade
    5. Enhance Criminal Law Enforcement Support for the Federal Trade
    6. Provide National Leadership to Resolve the Conflict between Privacy and
       Online Safety for Youth
    7. Encourage Accountable Business Models

"By appointing a CTO, President-Elect Obama will be taking an important and
necessary step to ensure that the new Administration has the leadership in
place to coordinate technology policies that will improve the quality of life
for all Americans," said Wolf. "We are in an era where the personal use of
data brings opportunities for advancements that can improve millions of lives,
but the misuse of data can also negatively impact millions of citizens."

"As a former CPO I can attest that the partnership between the CTO and CPO is
critical for ensuring that new technologies are deployed in a way that
respects consumer rights.  Traditionally, government privacy protections were
intended to limit the collection of data by government about its citizens.  In
today's web 2.0 environment, citizens expect to interact electronically by
exchanging information with government leaders and agencies," said Polonetsky.
 "Charting the appropriate user controls around this data is critical for both
the civic success and the long-term privacy implications of this new

FPF Board Member Chris Hoofnagle supports the recommendations.

"The Future of Privacy Forum agenda recognizes the link between enhanced
consumer protections and trust in online businesses and services," said
Hoofnagle, Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's information
privacy programs and senior fellow to the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public
Policy Clinic. "Consumer privacy and business priorities are not a zero-sum
game; creating sound, reasonable protections for consumers will spread and
deepen adoption of internet-based services."

The above proposals do not intend to cover the full range of privacy issues
facing the new Administration.  Rather, FPF seeks to highlight areas that
affect consumers, with co-chairs whose backgrounds give them particular
insight into privacy issues. Polonetsky is the former AOL Chief Privacy
Officer and Wolf Chairs the Privacy and Data Security Practice Group at
Proskauer Rose LLP.

About the Future of Privacy Forum:

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) seeks to improve the state of online privacy
by advancing responsible data practices. FPF is led by privacy experts Jules
Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an Advisory Board comprised of
leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups. Members of
the FPF Advisory Board provide input to the Forum in support of transparency,
user control and the advancement of trustworthy data practices. By serving as
advisors, they are not responsible for the content of the Web Site nor do they
necessarily endorse the positions taken by FPF.

More information on FPF, its mission and Advisory board members can be found
online at www.futureofprivacy.org.

SOURCE  Future of Privacy Forum

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