Last week, the White House announced a new privacy subcommittee, the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy. Now, the charter for subcommittee has been published (White House pdf and archive pdf). There is some information beyond what was in the press release — it describes the functions of the new subcommittee.
The Subcommittee’s main efforts will be devoted to 3 main deliverables:
Administration White Paper on Information Privacy in the Internet Age:
- The Subcommittee will build on the prior work of the Commercial Data Privacy Interagency Coordinating Committee and the ongoing activity of the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, as well as the privacy initiatives and reports of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection;
- The Subcommittee will address the cross-border privacy challenges presented by the emerging cloud computing environment, and examine the role of governments in ensuring that national regimes do not unduly impede the innovation and efficiency gains derived from leveraging a globalized network;
- The Subcommittee will examine research opportunities and directions for the development of new privacy protecting tools.
The Charter then details the two other deliverables: internet policy principles and statements of administration policy.