FTC Privacy Report Is Drawing Praise, Criticism
Consumer advocacy groups applauded the FTC’s report, though some question if it goes far enough. Industry groups say the recommended policies would stifle innovation.The Federal Trade Commissions report calling for a combination of federal laws and self-policing among companies to protect online user privacy is drawing cautious praise from consumer advocacy groups, though some claimed the suggestions do not go far enough in establishing safeguards. At the same time, some industry groups are arguing that the restrictions proposed in the FTC report, announced March 26, could harm innovation and restrict commerce on the Internet.
The reaction comes as the FTC joins other government agencies and the Obama Administration, as well as various tech industry groups, wrestling with the increasingly thorny issue of consumer online privacy. The debate has risen to new levels in recent months, with major Internet firms like Facebook and Google facing criticism from both the private and public sectors for the way they handle the issue of consumer privacy and the amount of personal data they collect, which often is used to help advertisers more easily target personalized ads for users.