U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke addressed leading privacy and consumer advocates, privacy scholars and Internet entrepreneurs at the Privacy and Innovation Symposium today at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. At the public meeting sponsored by the Department of Commerce, Locke discussed the challenge of ensuring that the Internet continues to grow as a platform for innovation and commerce in the United States and around the world while at the same time protecting personal privacy.
“The Internet is not only a source of tremendous past and future job growth; it is also a driver of global commerce,” Locke said. “If we are going to harness the full power of the Internet, we need to establish norms and ground rules that promote innovative uses of information while still respecting consumers’ legitimate privacy interests and democratic values.”
Locke’s opening remarks were followed by five panel discussions. Also participating in today’s symposium were Commerce General Counsel Cameron Kerry, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Lawrence E. Strickling, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Michelle O’Neill, and National Telecommunications and Information Administration Associate Administrator for Policy Analysis and Development Daniel J. Weitzner.