Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using sophisticated cameras, called “automated license plate readers,” or ALPRs, to scan and record the license plates of millions of cars across the country. These cameras, mounted on top of patrol cars and on city streets, can scan up to 1,800 license plate per minute, day or night, allowing one squad car to record more than 14,000 plates during the course of a single shift.
Guest blog post by Cameron Kerry, General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce.The time has come for Congress to pass strong Internet consumer privacy
legislation that provides clear rules of the road for businesses and consumers
while preserving the innovation and free flow of information that are hallmarks
of the Internet economy.That’s the Obama Administration’s
conclusion based on the work we have been doing on commercial data
privacy. Three months ago, the Commerce Department published its Green
Paper, which contained preliminary policy recommendations to enhance
consumer protection and strengthen online trust, while ensuring the Web remains a platform for innovation, jobs, and
In response, the Commerce
Department received thoughtful and well-researched comments from over a hundred
stakeholders representing industry, consumer groups, and academic
sectors. We carefully reviewed all them. Through the Privacy and
Internet Policy Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTIC),
which I co-chair with Assistant Attorney General Christopher Schroeder, we
consulted with Federal agencies and key White House offices to develop a
roadmap for moving forward on this important Administration priority.
Based our review, we have concluded
that baseline consumer privacy legislation will strengthen the U.S. Internet
privacy framework for consumers and businesses alike. The Obama
Administration is committed to working with Congress to pass a bill that
provides a stronger statutory framework to protect consumers’ privacy interests
in data that are collected and used or disclosed in commercial contexts in the
Internet economy, while supporting innovation. Consumer privacy
legislation should have the following elements:
It can be difficult to decide what kind of cloud storage is right for you. It depends on which operating system you use most frequently, the types of files you like to upload, and a bunch of other factors.
Today is Data Privacy Day, an
annual international celebration to raise awareness and generate discussion
about information privacy designated by both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of
Representatives in 2009. In honor of Data Privacy Day, here’s an update on the
latest Commerce Department initiative to protect the privacy of the American
On Jan. 7 at a discussion forum with business and academic
leaders at Stanford University, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and White
House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard A. Schmidt unveiled plans to establish a
National Program Office at the Commerce Department to help implement the National
Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, an administration initiative
that aims to foster private-sector development of new technologies that can
improve both the privacy and the security of sensitive online transactions.
Cybercrime and identity theft cost U.S. consumers
hundreds of millions of dollars annually. So the idea is that the private
sector would lead the development of better technologies for consumers and
businesses to establish their identities before they conduct sensitive
transactions like banking, shopping or downloading health care records. The
Commerce Department would facilitate the process by building consensus on
standards and managing collaborative efforts with other federal agencies.
Britain's data protection watchdog said Thursday Google had probably not captured "significant" private details in the country when its Street View cars grabbed data sent over wireless networks.The Internet giant is being investigated in a number of countries after the cars, which drive around taking photos for Google's free online mapping service, mistakenly picked up the private information.