September 1, 2009 | By Hugh D'Andrade

Grade the Obama Administration's Work on Consumer Privacy!

The Privacy Coalition, a coalition of organizations committed to privacy issues, is inviting the public to give the Obama Administration a grade on its privacy work thus far:

The Obama Administration can protect consumer privacy by supporting new laws, by safeguarding the personal information held by the federal government, and by strengthening the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the chief agency responsible for protecting U.S. consumers. The FTC assures that free annual credit reports are available to consumers, manages the Do-Not-Call telephone registry, investigates monopolies, combats identity theft, prevents deceptive practices by businesses, and protects consumer privacy rights. At this time, the Obama administration has introduced no new consumer privacy legislation and has left two of the five Commissioner slots unfilled. Proposals are also moving forward that would make government information available to the private sector for advertising and marketing.

Visit their Privacy Report Card page and vote to give the administration a grade anywhere from an "A" to an "F" — or, if you prefer, an "Incomplete."


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