Administration forms online privacy group

The Obama administration on Sunday announced the creation of a new group that will formulate policies on online privacy issues, according to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

The privacy and Internet policy subcommittee will consist of people from more than a dozen federal offices, departments and agencies. It falls under the umbrella of the Cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council.

Chairing the committee will be Cameron Kerry, general counsel of the Commerce Department, along with Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney general at the Justice Department. 

"The subcommittee will develop principles and strategic directions with the goal of fostering consensus in legislative, regulatory and international Internet policy realms," according to a blog post on the OSTP website authored by Kerry and Schroeder. 

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Incidentally, Kerry is the brother of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who has also placed a priority on the online privacy issue. He said this year he will introduce legislation addressing it.