The White House has announced a new privacy subcommittee:
As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to promoting the vast economic opportunity of the Internet and protecting individual privacy, the National Science and Technology Council has launched a new Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy. Populated by representatives from more than a dozen Departments, agencies and Federal offices, and co-chaired by the two of us, the subcommittee will develop principles and strategic directions with the goal of fostering consensus in legislative, regulatory, and international Internet policy realms.
In this digital age, a thriving and dynamic economy requires Internet policies that promote innovation domestically and globally while ensuring strong and sensible protections of individuals’ private information and the ability of governments to meet their obligations to protect public safety.
The Subcommittee is made up of representatives from the following Federal agencies:
- Department of Commerce (Co-Chair)
- Department of Justice (Co-Chair)
- Department of Education
- Department of Energy
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of State
- Department of Transportation
- Department of the Treasury
- Small Business Administration
- Other departments and agencies designated by the co-chairs. Of note, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission will be invited to participate.