US privacy groups support new do-not-track bill

[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). see: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.

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