Summary Box: Obama admin seeks privacy rules

Associated Press
Secretary of Commerce John Bryson speaks about privacy at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, Thursday, February 23, 2012.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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THE VISION: The Obama administration is calling for stronger privacy protections for consumers who use the Internet, mobile phones and other technologies.

THE DETAILS: Technology companies, consumer groups and others will now convene to jointly craft new protections. Such guidelines will initially be voluntary for companies, but those that agree to abide by them could be subject to sanctions for any violations.

THE REACTION: Consumer and privacy groups welcomed the effort, though some worried that it won't do enough. Legislation would be needed to require all companies to follow such guidelines.

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