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Commercial privacy bill of rights aimed to protect people on the internet.

There are currently no rules set in place as it relates to the privacy of individuals and how their personal information is used and shared on the internet. 

A new privacy bill introduced on Tuesday would establish rules requiring accountability from internet companies that utilize the private information of individuals.  

The bill would establish a regulatory framework for gathering personal data about users on sites like Facebook and Google.   
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) are spearheading a measure that would force companies to explain how they collect information and what they do with it.

"Consumers want to shop, browse and share information in an environment that is respectful of their personal information," McCain said at a news conference. "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."

The new bill, backed by the Obama administration, may also make it harder for sites to use personal information to target and create profiles on individual internet users.

Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights [PDF] would provide consumers with more control over their personal information and how that data is collected and shared with third parties.

Companies would need an individual's consent to collect names, e-mail addresses, and credit card numbers if the bill becomes law.  They would also need consent to collect information about religion, sexual identity, medical conditions and other sensitive information.  An offer to opt out of data collection would be required for users as well.

"Our bill seeks to respect the ability of businesses to advertise, while also protecting consumers' personal information," said McCain.

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We Don't Need Any Internet Laws
By Arsynic on 4/13/2011 3:51:50 PM , Rating: 2
Users should protect themselves. One law often leads to another and then many more. Next thing you know, the Internet will be regulated by the FCC.

Give these politicians a little power and it's like chum in the water. Feeding frenzy time.

By Zaranthos on 4/13/2011 4:21:38 PM , Rating: 2
The CHUM is for the lawyers. ;-)

Seriously though, you're right. I want to see a bill introduced that repeals 1,000,000 previous bills. Might not be enough, but it would be a start.

RE: We Don't Need Any Internet Laws
By redbone75 on 4/14/2011 12:13:41 AM , Rating: 3
Users should protect themselves

Ok, so the introduction of a bill that aims to actually protect consumers is a bad thing? I certainly have my own conspiracy theories, but I'm not sold on this one.

As for the internet being regulated by the FCC, I don't think they want to regulate the internet so much as prevent ISP's from abusing their own customers. I don't know about you, but words like "throttling" and "deep packet inspection" bother me. I, personally, can not fathom how anyone who is not an ISP, a partner of that ISP, or a politician who has received "contributions" from one or both can think of net neutrality as a bad thing. ISP's and paid politicians throw out scary buzz words like "more government interference" and "government regulation" to get knee-jerk reactions from a largely unaware populace. This is one situation, however, that one would want the government to interfere. Have we not learned our lesson already on letting businesses go largely unregulated?

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