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McCain, Kerry Back Online ‘Bill Of Rights’

April 19, 2011 by  

McCain, Kerry back online 'bill of rights'Two former Presidential candidates have teamed up to champion legislation promoting consumer privacy on the Internet.

Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act 2011 on April 12 and revealed its provisions during a news conference in Washington, DC. The bill is designed to protect online users by forcing companies to explain how they gather consumer information and what they do with it, according to The Washington Post.

If approved by lawmakers, the bill would require online companies such as Facebook and Google to receive user consent before acquiring personal information, including names, email addresses and credit card numbers. McCain and Kerry said that they have taken into account some of the feedback they garnered from lobbyists from Microsoft and Yahoo, who have warned that government intrusion could stifle business growth.

"Consumers want to shop, browse and share information in an environment that is respectful of their personal information," said McCain, quoted by the media outlet. "Our legislation sets forth a framework for companies to create such an environment and allows businesses to continue to market and advertise to all consumers, including potential customers."

Some consumer groups have expressed their displeasure with the bill, saying that it should include a "do not track" mechanism, which is similar to the "do not call" option that blocks telemarketers from calling residents.

Furthermore, TelecomTV.com reports that the legislation contains a loophole for data collectors, which says that information can be retained "for a reasonable amount of time" if it used for "research and development" purposes.

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  • TIME

    If these two wombats are doing something I am 100% sure its not good for YOU.

    Afterall if you have a {cell phone and who do you know that doesn’t have a cell phone or Cable TV of any kind, all that Intel is already been long on the market. Or if you have a bank account, or if you have electric power a phone of any kind or get water to your home, pay tax’s, or breath air or have a credit card, as in any credit card, or how a drivers licence or a Passport.}
    All of the alledged Intel is out there on the market and has been for years.

    Thus begs the question; why would these two wombats be so hot and heavy to pass a new law? As in whats the real reason for it.

    Think about what the game plan of these two progressives would be……

    • Lastmanstanding

      A “bone” to those on the right, left and center to keep them in “camp.”

    • Bob from Calif.

      Just another regulation that they can add to the books. The more regulations they stack up, the more slippery that slope becomes.

    • 45caliber

      Time:

      I agree. I can’t see anything these two can come up with that doesn’t have some type of massive hole that anyone can use – if they have the right contacts in Washington.

  • SS McDonald

    Trust NOTHING that McCain and/or Kerry support!!

    • Carlucci

      Amen.

    • Bob from Calif.

      Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition to that one brother.

  • Lastmanstanding

    I have a rock pile, a couple of sledges and a bowl of gruel for both of these bastards…That is where they want us…they must go and I don’t care how.

  • newspooner

    McCain’s judgement on anything is not to be trusted. John Forbes Kerry-Heinz is even worse. Rather than promoting new laws, a real champion of personal liberties would be working to repeal most laws. When has either of these clowns done thast?

    Get the US out of the UN, and get the UN out of the US. Otherwise all freedom will be lost.

    • Carlucci

      And speaking of the U.N…

      Pack ‘em and stack ‘em, —- like we’re all a bunch of sardines…
      Adios home building industry, real estate industry, auto industry, private farming, etc.

      Note what they say about “educated people” (wasn’t that the philosophy of the Khmer Rouge?)

      Please share with your email list:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFlM

  • Stephan F.

    Anything promoted by these two hard-core socialists must be look at with supreme skepticism. This article sounds exactly like the typical liberal pablum served up by the lamestream media (are you listening Bob?). Who could possibly be against something so benevolent sounding as the “Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act 2011″? I, for one, probably am.

    Sorry if I sound a bit vitriolic, but I’m still writhing from the reelection of John ‘Insane’ McCain. What’s wrong with you people in Arizona anyway?

  • meteorlady

    I’m sorry, but I don’t trust either one of them and want to see and read the bill BEFORE it’s voted on. Then I want enough time to write my congressional representatives and tell them what I think.

    Fact is that I use the internet, I don’t use facebook or any sight like it very much because of their tracking activities. So, I really don’t care much, but I do care that a free internet will always exist.

    If they really wanted to do something, they should crack down on the people that collect my personal information and use it to make money. I have tried numerous times to get my information off one site, but they insist that they will not take it out of their database unless I supply them with more information than they already have. Wrote the Attorney General for the state and was informed that there is currently no law that hinders them from doing this.

    • get right

      meteorlady, let the “free market” reign. Don’t like it, don’t use it!
      What happened to the mantra of free market rules?? Now you want some protections against the free market?? Too funny.

      • meteorlady

        If you are talking about my rant on using my personal information for monetary gain – I think that’s a valid request. Why should the government release my personal information to those that will use it to make money without my permission? Google yourself sometime and see what’s out there on you, then try and get them to take it off their site. That’s the easy part, getting them to take out of their database is the hard part. If you ask to be excluded, they sell your information to someone else that will also use it to make money. You really think that’s right?

  • Dennis

    Whatever these two corrupt scum bags are up to will not be in our (The American Peoples) favor, just more clamp down on the people. You can stick John Kerry and John McCain right up your AZZ.
    Just look the left and the right working together all for us LMFAO.

    • 45caliber

      I’m sorry but I can’t say that the left and the right are working together. It’s more like the WAY left and the NEARLY WAY left working together.

  • http://com i41

    These 2 clowns from the beltway circus need to be s–t kick in to history. Just another spoilt rich brats who think they are wizzards of b–l s–t. At least they can spew bildge without a telapromtor and a written speach. All these 3 dumb bastards beleive in airy fairy crap and global warming.

    • Carlucci

      I know. If there was a “Who is the Creepiest?” contest between McCain and Kerry, it would be a tie.

  • Stan Lee

    McCain and Kerry! Egads, has there ever been two more useless Senators? It’s time for both of them to quit burdening the US Senate with their wasteful presence. All they’re doing, with periodic media appearances is attempting to be relevant. They’re not! We have all seen their act, pay no attention to their hollow intentions, the Road to he– is full of such intentions.
    I have saluted Sen. McCain for his military service, I have never saluted Sen. Kerry for what he’s supposed to have done for military service. But, I digress, it’s time they both were retired.

  • newspooner

    Don’t forget that Kerry was elected in 1984 in an election that was fraudulent because of illegal denial of ballot access.

  • ONTIME

    I wouldn’t let these two derelict reprobates put a screw in my sh*t house and if I could arrange it I would retire both of them at half pay for negligence and improper service in office. One of them is a lib dresed up in a uniform with a R for rinky dink on it and the other is a lib that wears a commie shirt with a T for treason on it.

  • Thor

    “Two former Presidential candidates have teamed up to champion legislation promoting consumer privacy on the Internet…” Key phrases, “champion legislation” and “consumer privacy.” This is the very kind of language that prepares victims of propaganda to accept the camel’s nose under the tent. Progressives have been looking for a way to start regulating the internet or increase regulation that will have us all saying “Well, I agree with privacy and protection” and “that wasn’t so bad.” This of course would put the camel’s whole head under the tent and all he’s gotta do then is raise his head and create a hole big enough to walk through. We don’t need any more laws regulating the internet because all laws concerning the internet lead to the same place–the Fairness Doctrine. As for your privacy–when they swipe your card at any retail outlet they have your credit card number, your driver’s license number, etc, and any other information in the public data base. I once accessed an ATM security door by swiping my driver’s license when my bank card would not work. In that respect anyone who owns a credit card, bank card or DL has already had his/her privacy ‘violated.’ There are already enough laws proscribing what retailers can do with your information. More laws…we don’t need. What is needed is the common sense to enforce (and in some cases repeal) those that already exist.

  • Lawrence Freeman

    We just had a bill past that forbidded this,Iagree we need to keep watch over these people demacrat or republican and vote these idiots out

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