The FTC issued a report on online privacy earlier this month. The report suggests sweeping changes to current practices of internet consumer data collection, including the creation of a “Do Not Track” registry equivalent to the “Do Not Call” registry. It also advocates that companies collect less information from consumers and provide a clear, non-legalese disclosure to consumers before they are asked to provide data online. The full report can be viewed http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/12/privacyreport.shtm”>here, and public comments on the report will be accepted through January 31, 2011.
Alcoholic beverage companies should audit their collection and sharing of online consumer data and make sure adequate measures are taken to protect consumers.
Some policies and practices to consider:
* Protection of consumer information should be an integral part of data collection.
* Only collect consumer information that is reasonably needed.
* Be transparent when collecting data. The consumer should know what information you are collecting and for what purposes it will be used.
* Consumers should be alerted before their data is collected and given a clear choice to opt out before providing sensitive data.
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