The Obama administration has formed an inter-governmental working group designed to advise the president on Internet legislation and regulations, according to The Washington Post.
The subcommittee will draw members from a number of Cabinet agencies as well as the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission. It will be chaired by Cameron Kerry, general counsel at the Commerce Department, and Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney general at the Justice Department. “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,” Kerry and Schroeder wrote in a post announcing the committee on the National Science and Technology Council blog.
The group’s formation coincides with a number of Internet privacy issues that have been in the news recently. Last week, Google acknowledged that its “Street View cars” that were designed to take pictures for Google Maps were also collecting personal data, including usernames and passwords, from local WiFi networks. Congress has also recently been more proactive in internet privacy issues, including holding hearings on two pieces of legislation designed to regulate what data websites and advertisers can collect from site visitors.