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Obama to set up watchdog for online privacy

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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