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January 26, 2000

Spitzer proposes restrictions on uses of consumer data

In separate initiative, Council agrees to survey and advise employers on privacy

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has proposed new restrictions on the use and sale of personal information about consumers.

He also announced an "enforcement agenda" focusing on companies and organizations that violate existing privacy laws or fail to conform to their stated policies on the use of data.

Spitzer released his seven-part legislative agenda Tuesday. It includes proposals to:

The Business Council will be soliciting the opinions of its member on these proposals.

The Attorney General also announced a cooperative venture with The Business Council to help businesses develop appropriate privacy policies.

The Council will survey New York company websites on their Internet privacy policies. The Council will then analyze the data for strengths and weaknesses, and encourage businesses to adopt sound privacy policies.