Privacy Report Card

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After the 2008 Presidential election, the Privacy Coalition sent a letter to President Obama on the privacy priorities facing the nation. Now we are asking you to help evaluate the progress of the new Administration. For each topic below, please read the description and provide a grade. Circulate the URL for this page so that others can participate. We will announce the results on September 9, 2009 at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Grade the Obama Administration!

Grade the Obama Administration's work on consumer privacy!

The Obama Administration can protect consumer privacy by supporting new laws, by safeguarding the personal information held by the federal government, and by strengthening the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the chief agency responsible for protecting U.S. consumers. The FTC assures that free annual credit reports are available to consumers, manages the Do-Not-Call telephone registry, investigates monopolies, combats identity theft, prevents deceptive practices by businesses, and protects consumer privacy rights. At this time, the Obama administration has introduced no new consumer privacy legislation and has left two of the five Commissioner slots unfilled. Proposals are also moving forward that would make government information available to the private sector for advertising and marketing.