Dec 122010
 December 12, 2010  Posted by  Business, Laws, Online

On December 10, 2010, Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Daniel Sepulveda, briefed the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP (the “Centre”) members on Senator Kerry’s forthcoming privacy legislation.  The bill, which will be introduced next Congress, aims to establish a regulatory framework for the comprehensive protection of individuals’ personal data that authorizes rulemakings by the Federal Trade Commission.

Sepulveda highlighted the following key concepts of Kerry’s privacy legislation:

  • The bill requires that covered entities be accountable for their information collection practices and respect the covenants they make with individuals regarding these practices. The accountability provision echoes Kerry’s December 1 statement that “proper stewardship of information is as important as how it is collected.”

Read more on the Privacy and Information Security Law Blog.

  • The bill grants the FTC rulemaking authority with respect to notice requirements and individual participation mechanisms (i.e., opt-in and opt-out consents).
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