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Dr. Benishek Applauds President Obama's Plan to Protect Internet Privacy

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) applauded the Obama Administration's request for a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights," to protect the privacy of online consumers and to ensure economic growth through the Internet.

"President Obama has made the right decision by asking for a set of privacy rules to protect online consumers. In an age of Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, it is more important now than ever that personal information be protected. Northern Michiganders use the Internet every day for recreation and commerce, and they deserve a clear set of privacy protections," said Benishek, a general surgeon and Iron River native.

The Administration's "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" is designed to provide clear protections for consumers and greater certainty for businesses. The initiative is based on seven basic principles:

* Transparency: Consumers have a right to easily understandable information about privacy and security practices.
* Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data organizations collect from them and how they use it.
* Respect for Context: Consumers have a right to expect that organizations will collect, use, and disclose personal data in ways that are consistent with the context in which consumers provide the data.
* Security: Consumers have a right to secure and responsible handling of personal data.
* Access and Accuracy: Consumers have a right to access and correct personal data in usable formats.
* Focused Collection: Consumers have a right to reasonable limits on the personal data that companies collect and retain.
* Accountability: Consumers have a right to have personal data handled by companies with appropriate measures in place to assure they adhere to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

"These measures represent the kind of commonsense safeguards needed for the millions of Americans using the Internet every day. I am hopeful Congress will pass legislation that embraces the goals of this plan and deliver it to the President's desk for signature," added Benishek.

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