Privacy / Security

Consumers Need Protection From Data Abuse: White House

The Obama administration’s proposal to protect consumers from online data-mining abuse by companies failed to include timelines for action and was met by some industry opposition, two factors that may derail the effort.

In a broad review of data collection by companies and the government, the administration made six recommendations yesterday to protect people’s privacy, including a consumer bill of rights and national standards for data-breach notifications. It also called for amending a law under which the government can obtain e-mails on criminal suspects through court warrants.

While some industry and consumer groups embraced findings that data can be used in good ways, privacy groups questioned whether the White House would follow through on addressing the more dangerous uses. At least three recommendations require congressional approval. John Podesta, the presidential adviser who led the review, said he wasn’t sure when that could happen.

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