Overview Edit

The Subcommittee on Privacy and Internet Policy is a subcommittee of the Committee on Technology of the National Science and Technology Council. The purpose of the Subcommittee is to develop strategic direction on information privacy policy that can guide legislative, regulatory and international policy consensus. The public policy direction established by the Subcommittee will be closely synchronized with privacy practices in federal departments and agencies, resulting in a broad, visible, forward-looking commitment to a common set of Internet policy principles across government.

Those core principles include facilitating transparency, promoting competition, empowering individuals to make informed and intelligent choices, strengthening multi-stakeholder governance models and building trust in online environments. An affirmative articulation of such principles will also bolster U.S. efforts in trade and other economic fora by strengthening the development of the Internet as a platform for global trade and investment, particularly in areas where the U.S. has strong commercial comparative advantages, such as the supply of network services and the delivery of content and applications.

Recognizing the global nature of the digital economy and society, the Subcommittee will monitor and address global privacy policy challenges and pursue coordinated U.S. government action around the globe. The goal will be to promote both a flexible and robust privacy and innovation policies domestically, along with a favorable environment for cross-border information flows and open, competitive marketplaces for online goods and services through increased dialogue and cooperation with key trading partners.

The Subcommittee will focus on commercial privacy policy including health (e.g., electronic health records), energy (e.g., the smart grid), and education (e.g., electronic student data). Although the Subcommittee with focus on commercial data privacy policy, the Subcommittee with consult with other interagency groups and pertinent government officials, as necessary, to ensure that law enforcement and national security interests are considered.

Source Edit

  • The White House, White House Council Launches Interagency Subcommittee on Privacy & Internet Policy (Oct. 24, 2010) (full-text).

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