White House Forms Internet Privacy Panel

New Group to Address Policy Principles
White House Forms Internet Privacy Panel
The Obama Administration is forming a new interagency panel to focus on privacy and Internet policy. One goal of the new group is to ensure a common set of Internet policy principles across the government.

The new subcommittee to the National Science and Technology Council will work toward "fostering consensus in legislative, regulatory and international Internet policy realms," according to an announcement from the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The panel was created "as part of the Obama Administration's commitment to promoting the vast economic opportunity of the Internet and protecting individual privacy," according to the announcement.

"The subcommittee will monitor and address global privacy policy challenges and develop approaches to meeting those challenges through coordinated U.S. government action. The subcommittee is committed to fostering dialogue and cooperation between our nation and its key trading partners in support of flexible and robust privacy and innovation policies."

Privacy Panel Members

The new panel will include representatives from more than 18 departments, agencies and federal offices, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security. Co-chairs are Cameron Kerry, general counsel in the Department of Commerce, and Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice.

"The subcommittee will work closely with private stakeholders to identify Internet policy principles that promote innovation and economic expansion while also protecting the rule of law and individual privacy," according to the announcement.

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Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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