US privacy groups support new do-not-track bill
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 10/05/2011 19:01
[IDG] Several privacy and civil rights groups voiced support for an online do-not-track bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Monday, saying the legislation would give Web users control over their personal data.
The bill introduced by Sen. John "Jay" Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) would create a national do-not-track mechanism, a "crucial civil liberties protection for the 21st century," said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Online privacy concerns fuel drive for 'do-not-track' legislation
Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., will introduce an online-privacy bill next week that will include a controversial "do-not-track" provision letting consumers block companies from collecting unnecessary information.
"Consumers have a right to know when and how their personal and sensitive information is being used online--and most importantly to be able to say 'no thanks' when companies seek to gather that information without their approval," Rockefeller said in a statement.