On March 26, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission issued a new privacy report entitled “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers.” The proposed privacy framework focuses on three principles (privacy by design, simplified consumer choice and transparency), and provides steps companies can take to implement them.
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On November 17, 2011, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) issued a statement emphasizing the need for increased consumer protection on the Internet and indicating that he intends to hold a hearing to question Facebook and other companies about their online tracking practices.
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Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Thomas Julin, partner at Hunton & Williams LLP who represented IMS Health in the case, closely studied the Court’s decision to assess its implications, including with respect to other forthcoming legislation. Julin discusses these implications in an interview and in an article published by BNA’s Privacy and Security Law Report.

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On February 11, 2011, California Representative Jackie Speier introduced the Do Not Track Me Online Act of 2011, which would direct the FTC to establish standards for a “Do Not Track” mechanism, and the Financial Information Privacy Act of 2011, which would strengthen regulations related to the disclosure of nonpublic personal information.

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