Privacy Online: Fair Information Practices in the Electronic Marketplace

I am continuing my practice of sharing recent internet safety research pieces:


The Federal Trade Commission has been studying online privacy issues since 1995. This is the Commission’s third report to Congress examining the state of online privacy and the efficacy of industry self-regulation. It presents the results of the Commission’s 2000 Online Privacy Survey, which reviewed the nature and substance of U.S. commercial Web sites. privacy disclosures, and assesses the effectiveness of self-regulation.

The Report also considers the recommendations of the Commission-appointed Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security. Finally, the Report sets forth the Commission’s conclusion that legislation is necessary to ensure further implementation of fair information practices online and recommends the framework for such legislation.

In its 1998 report, Privacy Online: A Report to Congress (.1998 Report.), the Commission described the widely-accepted fair information practice principles of Notice, ChoiceAccess, and Security. The Commission also identified Enforcement . the use of a reliable mechanism to provide sanctions for noncompliance . as a critical component of any governmental or self-regulatory program to protect privacy online. In addition, the 1998 Report presented the results of the Commission’s first online privacy survey of commercial Web sites. While almost all Web sites (92% of the comprehensive random sample) were collecting great amounts of personal information from consumers, few (14%) disclosed anything at all about their information practices.

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