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Animation Explains National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

A few months ago, the Obama Administration introduced its National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), an ambitious proposal to implement public-private partnerships to implement a new mechanism for identity verification and information sharing online.  The plan has been controversial.  Although there have been many legitimate criticisms of the proposal, other objections, such as … Continue Reading

Administration Calls for Privacy Legislation

Speaking at today’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “The State of Online Consumer Privacy,” Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence E. Strickling stated that the Obama administration supports comprehensive privacy legislation.  As we noted in yesterday’s post, this announcement represents a shift in Administration policy.  Although in its December 2010 “Green Paper,” Commerce recommended that consumers’ … Continue Reading

Israel Formally Obtains EU Adequacy

Today, the EU Commission formally approved Israel’s status as a country providing “adequate protection” for personal data under the European Data Protection Directive.  The Data Protection Directive generally prohibits personal data from being transferred outside the EU unless the data is subject to an “adequate level of protection,” or certain narrow exceptions apply.  As a … Continue Reading

Administration Announces Office to Build “Identity Ecosystem”

The White House is establishing a new office to work with industry to develop an online “identity ecosystem” in which consumers and businesses can transact securely and privately without the need for passwords.  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt recently announced plans to create the new “National Program Office,” … Continue Reading

Covington Analysis on Commerce Privacy Report: Urges Self-Regulation and “Privacy Bill of Rights”

The Department of Commerce has just issued its much-anticipated “green paper” on online privacy. The paper, “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework” [PDF], reflects Commerce’s stepped-up focus on privacy issues coming out the formation of its Internet Policy Task Force this past April. In its report, Commerce asks for … Continue Reading
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