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FTC Extends Comment Period - UPDATED

The Federal Trade Commission has extended the public comment period on its December 1, 2010 report -- FTC Privacy Report.  The FTC press release says that, in light of the complex issues raised by the report, a number of organizations have requested an extension of the original January 31, 2011 deadline.  Stakeholders now have until February 18, 2011 submit their comments.

We reviewed some of the questions posed by the FTC in the Report in earlier posts.  It is important that the FTC hear from stakeholders in this process in order to have the broadest input possible.  Parties with significant interest in these issues should pay close attention to these questions and participate by filing a comment with the FTC.

[UPDATED] - There have been over 200 comments filed with the FTC, however, nearly all of them were filed by individuals supporting the FTC's "do not track" proposal.   Industry participants have filed requesting additional time to comment.

While on the "do-not-track" thread, since Sunday, both Google and Mozilla have announced that they will be adding "do-not-track" options to their browsers.  Mozilla announced its plan on Sunday.   Google's announcement came today, called "Keep My Opt-Outs."

Microsoft announced a similar plug-in for Internet Explorer back in December.


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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Co-Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.