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NCL, civil society groups call on Obama Administration to ensure fair, transparent, credible privacy process

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February 23, 2012

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Washington, DC – Today, the National Consumers League (NCL) joined the nation’s leading civil liberties, privacy, and consumer groups in releasing a set of baseline principles in response to the US Department of Commerce’s plan for a multi-stakeholder process on privacy.

“In the digital age, there is perhaps no more important issue that protecting consumers’ online privacy rights,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL Executive Director. “Consumers rightfully expect that their personal information will be safeguarded online. Indeed, privacy protections must be the foundation for a 21st century Internet policy that promotes innovation while respecting the basic rights of consumers. The Department of Commerce’s multi-stakeholder privacy process will only succeed if it is transparent, fair and inclusive of all voices in the marketplace, particularly consumers.”

In addition to NCL, signatories to the baseline principles include the World Privacy Forum, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse and U.S. PIRG.

The principles are available at: http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/pdf/MultiStakeholderPrinciples2012fs.pdf

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