On October 24, 2010, the White House announced the launch of the Subcommittee on Privacy & Internet Policy. This new Subcommittee, which is part of the National Science and Technology Council, will develop principles and policy for the purpose of “fostering consensus in legislative, regulatory, and international Internet policy realms.”5 The announcement indicated that the new Subcommittee is “part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to promoting the vast economic opportunity of the Internet and protecting individual privacy.”6 The Subcommittee will consider ways to promote online innovation while protecting consumers. In addition, the Subcommittee will coordinate matters of privacy for the U.S. Government and lead discussions on promoting global privacy with the country’s international trade partners.

The Subcommittee will include representatives from federal agencies and organizations in the Executive Office of the President. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are expected to be invited to participate.