After NSA revelations, a privacy czar is needed

prismYes…let’s establish another government agency to make sure that a government agency doesn’t continue to violate the Constitutional rights of the people.  Sounds legit!

The United States has lots of good privacy laws, robust government enforcement and extensive litigation by private lawyers, but the federal government has no uber-guru in charge of U.S. privacy policy. The lack of centralized leadership on this nonpartisan, hot-button issue explains why our country appears to be floundering around the National Security Agency (NSA) leaks and unready to deal with the ubiquitous deployment of technologies such as unmanned aerial drones and facial recognition.

Heightened concerns over government surveillance have complicated efforts to harmonize international privacy rules. The post-Edward Snowden jumbling together of “national security” privacy and “consumer” privacy, along with the siloed nature of U.S. regulation, has made it more difficult for Europeans, and Americans, to understand how the U.S. system works. The absence of a high-level point person also undermines our country’s ability to engage European trading partners who invoke “privacy shortfalls” to deny business opportunities to U.S. Internet companies.

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Jason Rink is the Editor-in-Chief of The Liberty Voice. Executive Director of the Foundation for a Free Society. He is the producer and director of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of “Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party” the biography of Congressman Ron Paul. See more of his work at his writing at JasonRink.com and his film production work at FoundationMedia.org.

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