Jun 222010
 
 June 22, 2010  Business, Laws, U.S.

Declan McCullagh reports:

A Federal Trade Commission representative delivered a stern indictment of current privacy laws on Monday, saying they fail to protect American consumers and instead place too much of a “burden” on them.

The existing constellation of privacy laws, which relies heavily on disclosure of data collection and use practices and informed consumer choice, “in some very basic sense isn’t working,” said Kathryn Ratte, a senior attorney in the FTC’s consumer protection bureau.

“We’ve put too much burden on the consumers to understand these policies,” Ratte said at an event here organized by Canada’s privacy commissioner. “To compare the privacy policies of two companies is an almost impossible task.”

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