AeA Pushes for Federal Privacy Legislation
"Only the federal government is in a position to create uniform U.S. privacy standards and work for international harmonization," said William T. Archey, president/CEO of AeA. "Federal legislation should not, however, attempt to replace or impede constructive private-sector efforts but rather [should] build upon the baseline that they have laid down."
The seven principles set forth by the AeA for federal legislation are: provide individuals with notice; ensure consumer choice; leverage market solutions; ensure national standards; protect consumers in the public and private arenas; do not discriminate against the Internet; and use existing enforcement authority.
Although most of the technology industry favors self-regulation, privacy advocates see the AeA proposal as a push for weak federal legislation as opposed to tougher state laws.
The organization claims that 50 different sets of state-mandated privacy rules would be disastrous for businesses as well as consumers.
In mid-2001, the AeA plans to publish a free consumer guide to privacy protection.