“Fox to Chickens: Let Me Help” Mocek on White House Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights 2015

Here’s Phil Mocek, Vice President of Seattle Privacy Coalition, on the draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights of 2015:

“The fox is proposing to the chickens that it protect them from the raccoons.

The draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 aims to “establish baseline protections for individual privacy in the commercial arena” and to foster those through “enforceable codes of conduct.” These are worthy goals, and achieving them sounds like something the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should be working on.

A “consumer privacy bill of rights” is clearly intended to apply specifically to people who are consuming. The right to personal privacy needs protection regardless of whether people participate in the economy by producing or by consuming, and also if they do not participate at all.”

Read the rest on Phil’s blog….

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