Obama to set up watchdog for online privacy

Friday - 11/12/2010, 1:15pm EST

The Obama administration wants to push the federal government deep into the regulation of privacy on the Internet.

In the coming weeks, the president will unveil a plan giving new powers to the Commerce Department. The administration will also propose legislation to protect personally identifiable information,The Wall Street Journal reports.

The White House already set up a special task force to write Internet policy. The panel is chaired by Cameron Kerry, the Commerce general counsel and brother of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

The administration states it is concerned with the increasingly important role of the Internet in people's daily lives.

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