With the development of new technologies and online practices, there is a growing
consensus among policymakers that businesses should do a better job at protecting
consumer information. A public policy debate about the future of data privacy is advancing
and a number of proposals and hearings have taken place to examine how businesses
collect and use consumer data. Policymakers are attempting to find the right balance
of encouraging online innovation while protecting personal information. This White
Paper is a brief overview of the changing landscape in data privacy and a look at
how policymakers view the regulatory environment.