White House tech official: No need to ‘sacrifice privacy for cybersecurity’

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Weitzner also addressed privacy issues more broadly during the speech at the Computer and Communications Industry Association's annual Washington caucus. He praised the Federal Trade Commission as a "world-leading privacy enforcer" that is as good or better than its European counterparts. 

"I think we have the most robust privacy enforcement of any country in the world," he said.

Weitzner said that the White House truly wants to construct  a "flexible" national privacy framework meant to deal with the "challenges and opportunities of the Internet environment."

He said the privacy bill of rights put forward by the administration is "a set of principles consumers ought to rely on and companies out to embrace."