by Dan Rowinski, ReadWriteWeb, April 18, 2011 8:15 AM
Senators John Kerry, and John McCain introduced a bill to the Senate floor last week entitled “The Commercial Privacy Bill Of Rights” that would reform and codify how Internet user data could be used online.On the surface, this seems like the type of altruistic bill that falls in to the no-brainer area of Congressional legislation. Privacy, protection, trust, accountability. All the good political buzzwords apply. Yet, it is not that simple. Data is the lifeblood of the Web and the use of consumer data and the bill would allow the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce to have a significant hand in regulation of how data is collected and used by companies. Advertisers, innovators and consumer groups are concerned with the bill, not so much because of the wording of the legislation, but rather the amount of control it places in the hands of the FTC and whether or not that is necessary.
- Sens. Kerry, John McCain introduce ‘privacy bill of rights’ to protect web users from data-collection abuse – wsj (online.wsj.com)
- Kerry and McCain introduce online privacy bill in U.S. Senate (news.consumerreports.org)