GAO’s reports and testimonies give Congress, federal agencies, and the public timely, fact-based, non-partisan information that can improve government operations and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
This testimony focuses on the Federal Trade Commission's authority to oversee Internet privacy and security. Without a comprehensive federal data privacy law, the United States relies in part on FTC to use its broad authority to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive trade practices.
This testimony compares federal agency Internet privacy policies with the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) fair information principles. The World Wide Web requires the collection of certain data, such as Internet addresses, from individuals who visit web sites.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on how federal web sites would fare when measured against the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) fair information principles for commercial web sites.