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ComputerWorld: FTC panel avoids online privacy recommendations

May 15, 2000, 15:37 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advisory committee, formed to study online access and security issues, has completed its work and written a report that fails to offer a recommendation on the most contentious problem it faced: How much access should consumers be given to information that businesses collect about them via the Internet?"

"Instead, the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security, a 42-member group made up of business representatives, privacy experts and industry groups, outlined a series of options, ranging from giving consumers total access to the information gathered about them to more limited access. The FTC appointed the committee in January."

"It was going to be difficult to come to any consensus," said committee member Richard Bates, vice president for government relations at the Walt Disney Co., citing the diversity on the panel. But Bates said he believes the committee's report will play a useful role in the privacy debate - a view that was echoed by some other committee members in interviews."

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