New FTC head wants 'pause' in push for privacy laws

    Date08 Oct 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3370
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission today called for a "pause" in the pursuit of privacy legislation, saying the emphasis should be on "more law enforcement, not more laws." And to show that his enforcement message wasn't just talk, . . . The new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission today called for a "pause" in the pursuit of privacy legislation, saying the emphasis should be on "more law enforcement, not more laws." And to show that his enforcement message wasn't just talk, Timothy J. Muris, in his first policy statement on privacy issues since his appointment by President Bush earlier this year, said the agency would increase the number of staff members dedicated to privacy issues from 36 to 60.

    Muris' plan to better enforce online privacy, spam and identity theft laws won general praise from the privacy experts, advocates and corporate officials to whom he spoke at the Privacy 2001 conference here.

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