In a speech at New York University on Thursday, US vice president Al Gore announced government plans to protect people?s personal information.
In his speech, Gore called for ?an electronic bill of rights for this electronic age?, to protect consumer rights and personal information on the Internet. But the specific plans he proposed fell short of this grand project, tending rather towards letting the industry regulate itself.
Gore asked Congress to pass legislation restricting the use of individual medical records. But for other types of personal information, he suggested a 'Summit on Privacy', where consumer advocates and industry officials would explore the feasibility of self regulation.
The vice president further announced the creation of a government Web site. There, individuals will be able to specify that they don?t wish their credit records to be accessible for screening without their permission, and to prevent their drivers? license data to be sold to data miners. The site will also allow people to get their names removed from mailing lists.
Also on Thursday, US president Bill Clinton signed a presidential memorandum asking US federal government agencies to review their privacy policies.
Consumer and privacy advocates have been calling for stronger government measures, proposing the formation of a federal privacy agency.
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