WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, issued the following statement on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) report on consumers’ online privacy.
The FTC report:
- Concludes that self-regulation has largely been ineffective and that industry privacy policies should be more robust; and
- Proposes a privacy framework with three main components: privacy by design, consumer choice, and transparency.
The report also serves to inform Congress as it continues to deliberate on privacy legislation.
Chairman Rockefeller has led Senate efforts to safeguard and protect Americans’ online privacy. In July, he held a hearing on consumer online privacy, grilling Facebook, Apple and Google executives on what they’re doing to protect their users’ online information. He has also cosponsored legislation, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2010, to protect consumers’ personal information and prevent identity theft.