Groups Press Obama for Tighter Online Privacy Rules

A number of privacy rights groups met with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team Tuesday to press for stricter online privacy laws at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

“The last eight years has been a disaster for consumer protection and privacy, and the agency has not really had the interest to work on behalf of consumers to investigate the online ad industry and its harmful and problematic practices,” Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, told CNET News.

FTC policy under the Bush administration has been to allow online companies to self-regulate their privacy standards.

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