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The Internet is the essential tool for communications, work, education, civic engagement, and maintaining connections with friends and family. More Americans than ever before are engaging with the digital world. With this increased online presence, however, comes greater exposure to data collection and usage practices that are potentially harmful to one’s data privacy, such as location data monetization, facial image scraping, and online profiling and tracking.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is the President’s Principal advisor on telecommunications and information policy issues. In this role, NTIA studies and develops policy on the impact of the Internet on privacy. Recognizing these challenges, NTIA is committed to:

  • Ensuring everyone in America benefits from strong privacy protections and safeguards against misuse and exploitation of their data.
  • Protecting the privacy of the most vulnerable among us, ensuring that those who are at the greatest risk are shielded from predatory practices.
  • Establishing the United States as a global leader in online privacy, setting a standard for the protection of individual rights.

NTIA will advance policies that not only respond to current issues but anticipate and mitigate future privacy challenges. Through active collaboration with stakeholders across government, industry, and civil society, NTIA aims to develop robust privacy frameworks that foster innovation while ensuring that digital technologies uphold and strengthen democratic values for a safer, more secure digital future for all Americans.

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