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Senator Submits Online Privacy Bill

May 16, 2011 by  

Senator submits online privacy billSenator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) has proposed a bill that aims to protect citizens’ online privacy rights.

The Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011 would require companies to refrain from collecting information about users who request not to be tracked. In addition, the bill states that web-based businesses would be able to obtain user information in order to provide a service, but they would have to anonymize or delete it as soon as the service has been completed, Reuters reported.

Rockefeller’s proposal, which was introduced on May 9, is not the first online privacy bill to be submitted by members of Congress. According to the media outlet, laws that are designed to protect consumer privacy on the Internet have been proposed by Representatives Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) as well as Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.).

Nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog has praised the recent efforts made by lawmakers. According to a poll conducted by the organization, approximately 90 percent of Americans approve of legislation that protects their online privacy, with 80 percent favoring a “do not track” mechanism.

“We cannot be stalked as we shop in brick-and-mortar stores,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “Yet whatever we do online is tracked, usually without our knowledge and consent.”

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  • s c

    I am not a card-carrying member of the Jay Rockefeller fan club. Check his credentials. Gravitas is but one detail that is not to be found in his profile.
    It still puzzles me how the people of any state would find a reason to elect a Rockefeller. If he’s not a hardcore insider (with all the proper contacts and obligations), I’m an ass-kissing Alinksy fan.
    Like it or not, certain families in America are to be kept at a distance. Mr. R will do America big favors when pigs fly at supersonic speeds, and the guy in the White House starts making sense and cares about America and his oath of office.

    • http://www.reformdc.com nax777

      The Governing parties are unbeatable. It is inhumane to limit the number of immigrants. Life does not begin at conception. These believes combined has and always will wipe out the culture that holds them.

      The stage was set for people to be divided from each other before the founding of the United States. The attempt to unite the people was not and most likely never will be easy. It seems all too easy to pit people against each other and fan the flames.

      Dems & Pubs are faceless but focused power hungry inanities. Do you want the power or freedom?

      Protect your right to self-preservation. Only those with a strong will to maintain numbers and a defensive army will prosper. The more people that engage in distraction the easier it is for the focused.

      Goooh.com, NumbersUSA.com and SBA-list.org depend on active rolls from people as any movement needs in order to succeed. Reformdc.com links to these movements, you might be able to click on my name.

    • juswonderin

      S. C. you are correct & I totally agree with you. Wasn’t it a Rockefeller that got us the U.N.? As far as I’m concerned; I don’t trust ANY politician to really have “we the people” in their heart to really care about US, except to control us & take whatever little or much money that we have & to trample on our rights & to destroy our culture, values,families, our rights & most of all our Constitution. Our legal system is bought & paid for as is our elections & leaders!! Just my opinion from what I’ve seen so far & at 67, I’ve seen more than I can imagine! They’re ruining our kids with all this “social education” when that kind of education has always been the parent’s responsibility. However, everyday, parent’s rights to raise our kids are being taken over more & more! Our government is allowing our country to be over-run with illegals that are lethal to our sovereignty! Isn’t that a really pretty picture?

  • Allan Halbert

    While this sounds good on the surface, it will probably pave the way for taxes and increased government control of the Internet. Better to teach people discretion than to make a thousand regulations to protect people from self-reliance. Companies will find ways to circumvent such a law, and the cycle will never end.

    • http://burkecomputers.blogspot.com/ DanB

      I think you are more correct than many realize. Here is the one question I have: how do you enforce this law?

      Unlike a “do not call” list, most of us are blissfully unaware of online businesses tracking us. You may have heard of the tracking cookies placed on your computer, but do you know which companies have tracking cookies on your computer? How would you report a failure to comply with the “do not track” list if you do not know? And the information isn’t always stored on your computer. They may store information in their servers about visitors. You could use software to potentially examine those tracking cookies on your computer, which could be another tracking cookie of a sort itself. But for those company servers, the only way you are going to know if they are complying is if the government agencies have access to their servers to check “on your behalf.” In other words, the only way to enforce this sort of law is to give government more power over businesses and how they operate.

      Also, this is not a good idea to apply broadly. How many of us would sign up for a “do not track” listing and then learn afterwards that all our favorite sites could no longer automatically identify us when we visited. As irritating it is knowing that my activity is being tracked, I am sometimes glad for it. For example, when I visit my web-mail, I no longer get ads for single women in the area (I am married) but rather get ads for NewEgg (I visit NewEgg a lot so this is far more relevant). And how many sites I visit are customized essentially for me when I visit because of those tracking cookies. The real issue for me is to practice safe browsing. Use a fire-wall and anti-virus. Stay away from porn (those sites have a greater number of viruses than average) and many other small things that are more a matter of personal habit.

      You can already download plugins for many browsers that can help control some of how you are tracked. Ironic though that for IE, Microsoft gives itself a free pass to track while blocking others if you use their IE plugin. So would government offering to help you with a “do not track” mechanism now mean that government would have a monopoly on tracking cookies?

  • http://aol Mike

    Is the U.S. Govt. included in the scope of this bill? DanB is dead on with his reply (especially his last paragraph).

  • newspooner

    Anyone who trusts government is a fool. We need to find ways to prevent government from becoming involved in “managing” the internet to any degree.

    • The Other White Meat

      Especially if the sponsors are RINOs or have a “D” after their name.

  • James

    Make no mistake if the Yankee Carpetbagger Rockefeller is sponsoring this it must have something to do with Big Brother keeping an eye on you. Rockefeller is socialist through and through.

  • JC

    Rockefeller’s are NWO and CFR insiders and can not be trusted.
    Educate people NOT to use “plastic” if at all possible.
    Need a credit card to book a hotel or flight? Fine,
    but pay cash when you arrive and ask for any records of your “plastic” and destroy them.

  • nw

    Is this so the government can have exclusive rights to monitor your activity?

    • Raggs

      I would concur to that…

  • J.M.R.

    if the criminals get in the net how are we going to get a shaften no to gov in the net

    • Mac

      What?

  • Raggs

    Trojan horse….. All in the sake of ” It’s best for you”…

  • chuckb

    there must be some advantage for demo skullduggery in the bill, otherwise why would a liberal like rockefeller push a bill like this?.

    • Raggs

      Yup… the bone nosed knuckle draggers have a plan…

  • http://com i41

    The dumbocraps are planningh some Bs scam in this bill, as they always do. Between the pedophile niggardly faggot in the WH and in Congress, who are always lying about what they are doing and how they are screwing the citizens. It is the same chicken gutted chewers, bone nosed PCed morons that keep tax cheats and crooks in office till they die. Rockafeller, Rangel, Dodd, Kennedy, and Daschle just to mention a few worm breathed book trained worthless smucks. Onumnutts is planning an exucetive order to put all cell phones have a chip put in them to monitor people even when off where ever they and their cell phone is, still feel safe with anyone with a D by their name.

  • Mimi

    On the surface that sounds like a good thing to a degree, but I get a creepy feeling when I see the D-Ill, D-Mass, D-Calif and the token Rhino R-AZ. I think Dan B is right on. I wouldn’t trust the government on this one for sure, not that I would trust it for anything else either. The government doesn’t pass “anything” with our best interests at heart.

  • Joey Evans

    An “Opt Out” is worthless. It should be prohibited unless a person “Opts In”. And the penalty for non-compliance = anyone who can find them can kill them.

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