US builds net privacy brains trust
Your right to privacy vs spooks' right to snoop
The US National Science and Technology Council has set up a committee to deal with internet privacy and how it can be balanced against the needs of the government and law enforcement.
The group will look at global attitudes and laws in order to draw up US policy and possible legislation.
It aims to create a common set of standards to be used by all government departments. No doubt the US will diplomatically lobby foreign governments to adopt the standards - or else.
The committee members will talk to internet companies as well as law enforcement and other government agencies. The talking shop includes people from over a dozen government departments and agencies.
It will be jointly chaired by Cameron Kelly, general counsel at the Department of Commerce and Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice.
There is a blog post detailing all the members of the Subcomittee on Privacy and Internet Policy. ®
"... the US will diplomatically lobby foreign governments to adopt the standards ..."
The US rarely uses diplomacy, unless this is what you call financial or industrial blackmail. Even the UK is susceptible to it.
The French, however, are not as Charles de Gaulle, despite his many faults, taught the Frogs to tell the US to take a hike. Cost them nothing; kept their self-respect and really pissed off the USA who grudgingly gave them cookie points.
Meanwhile Britain has allowed the US National Security Agency to set up it's very own spy base in Yorkshire whilst the US Air Force treats the UK like a land-locked aircraft carrier and even used British airports for 'black' rendition flights.
Seems reasonable but ... ?
Isn't there another perspective namely that of unlawful access to information or profile analysis committed by pretty legal service providers accessing information improperly?
Surprising committee composition
The defense department has had a large role in producing and shaping the Internet technology to protect privacy that I am surprised there is no military or department of defense representative on the committee according to the linked blog post.