Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

The White House has taken a large step towards protecting consumer privacy online, a topic much in the news with the upcoming Google privacy changes and the controversy over Target’s Pregnancy Predication formula.

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is meant to protect online users who are becoming more and more concerned about their online activities being tracked and sold to third-party companies. As more people delve into the Internet, more information is gathered for each individual.

This document sets forth a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that, in the Administration’s view, provides a baseline of clear protections for consumers and greater certainty for companies. The Administration will encourage stakeholders to implement the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
through codes of conduct and will work with Congress to enact these rights through legislation. The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies comprehensive, globally recognized Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) to the interactive and highly interconnected environment in which
we live and work today. Specifically, it provides for:

  • Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data companies collect from them and how they use it.
  • Transparency: Consumers have a right to easily understandable and accessible information about privacy and security practices.
  • Respect for Context: Consumers have a right to expect that companies will collect, use, and disclose personal data in ways that are consistent with the context in which consumers provide the data.
  • Security: Consumers have a right to secure and responsible handling of personal data.
  • Access and Accuracy: Consumers have a right to access and correct personal data in usable formats, in a manner that is appropriate to the sensitivity of the data and the risk of adverse consequences to consumers if the data is inaccurate.
  • Focused Collection: Consumers have a right to reasonable limits on the personal data that companies collect and retain.
  • Accountability: Consumers have a right to have personal data handled by companies with appropriate measures in place to assure they adhere to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
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