Leak sheds more light on Internet privacy proposals

A report being prepared for the White House by the U.S. Department of Commerce calls on the Obama Administration to examine whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should be vested with new rulemaking authority on Internet privacy matters.

The report also calls for a review of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to ensure adequate privacy protections in cloud-computing and location-based service environments. It alsorecommends the creation of a federal "baseline" privacy law, says a report in Telecom Reports Daily.

The TRDaily story is based on a leaked copy of the draft Commerce Department report, which the publication says it has obtained. The TRDaily Web site is password protected but a was posted on a blog maintained by the law firm Hogan Lovells International LLP.

The Commerce Department did not immediately respond to Computerworld's inquiry about the purported document.

The draft of the Commerce department report is already being reviewed by the White House as part of a broader effort by the Obama Administration to .

The White House has already established a special task force, led by Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice, and Cameron Kerry, general counsel of the Commerce Department and brother of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) The task force will work on transforming the Commerce Department's recommendations into policy.