In a comment posted on Beaumont’s blog post, NAI President Marc Groman wrote about the practical challenges of implementing such a solution:
“When it comes to the need for more transparency, you won’t get an argument from me. Amen! But as a person who has both drafted privacy policies and enforced privacy policies on behalf of the FTC, I am having a difficult time understanding how this would be implemented in practice. I don’t have an issue with the concept or philosophy behind your thoughtful proposal for a plain and simple transparency statement, but I don’t follow how it would play out and balance the multiple objectives set out in your post.”
Marc also pointed out that, while privacy policies are often not drafted with the goal of informing the general public, they do serve a valuable purpose:
While consumers may not read privacy policies, NAI does! As Marc stated in his comment:
What do you think about transparency policies? We invite you to engage with us on the subject as more transparency is good for everyone.