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White House privacy proposal aims to give consumers control over data

Grant Gross | March 2, 2015
U.S. businesses that collect personal data would be required to describe their privacy and security practices and give consumers control over their personal information under a proposed privacy bill of rights released Friday by President Barack Obama's administration.

On the other side, some industry groups said the proposal isn't needed and sends the wrong message about U.S. business practices. The proposal "says to state legislators and foreign governments that American online businesses have a privacy problem," Steve DelBianco, executive director of e-commerce trade group NetChoice, said via email.

Before passing legislation, Congress should run a cost-benefit analysis to determine the impact on U.S. businesses, he added.

The proposal "casts a needlessly imprecise net" in policing online business practices, according to the Internet Association, another trade group.

 

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