David Vladeck, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner of the Province of Ontario, Canada, had strong warnings for attendees during a panel at the Web 2.0 Summit held in San Francisco this week.

Both regulators told the audience that privacy and data protection cannot be an afterthought for businesses, even small ones without an in-house legal department.

Vladeck recommended best practices for companies and highlighted Internet companies' collection of data from minors and other areas of special interest to the FTC during his comments.

Cavoukian recommended that attendees use a resource created by her agency called “Privacy by Design” to familiarize themselves with best practices in the area.

Go here to read coverage of the panel by PC World.