It looks like Net Neutrality isn't the only thing on the mind of the
Obama Administration. There's another issue that's gaining attention,
and with Google
becoming more mainstream and individual
privacy rights being put into question, there may be a new government
creation to handle it all. Recently, privacy crackdowns on Facebook
Google (usually for taking too much information from users and making it
public, or at least semi-public) have been spearheaded by countries
with strict privacy laws like Germany, Canada and the UK.
But America might be thrown into that group soon. According to a Wall
Street Journal report, the Obama crew is gearing up to approach Internet
privacy with renewed vigor, and they may create a new position to
oversee the effort. If enacted, this would be a new direction for
America. The country has generally avoided conflict in this area in
order to not stifle innovation, but the amount of privacy invasions that
are happening may force them to take another look.
But Obama may have trouble gaining support. It's unlikely that the new
House of Representatives will support more power to any government
agency, which they would need to get this through. We're sure more on
this will be made public in the coming weeks, but it seems inevitable.
Privacy violations are a real threat, and if no one is watching these
major corporations, they may just invade something that crosses a line.