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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.

The 
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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By EricMartello on 4/14/2011 12:46:13 AM , Rating: 1
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Completely 100% untrue, Sign up with a company, the law, actually their is no law; currently that prohibits them from sharing your info with "undisclosed business partners".


Companies that share your data usually disclose that in their privacy policy. If you're dealing with a company that does not have a suitable privacy policy then you have no business complaining that your data was whored out.

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These 3rd parties are not regulated with your data, only the primary company you signed up with is. Those so called partner companies can have free reign as they want with your data.


Data was, is and always will be a very valuable commodity. It would be borderline unconstitutional for a law the interfere with commerce under the guise of privacy. The quality and type of companies you deal with will largely determine where your data ends up.

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This is the loop hole game your missing. Everyone data gets abused, which is why there is billions of spam in the world.


No, the reason there is "billions of spam" is due to criminals using malware-infested computers to sucker in millions of people who think their penis is too small or too limp. THAT spam is being sent by criminals who will continue to do so regardless of what the law says.

Let's not confuse spam with legitimate email that you requested or agreed to receive (hey, it's not your fault for not reading the privacy disclosure before sharing your info).

The point is that personal responsibility is being ignored - and that is the main thing that would reduce identity theft and data whoring. People put far too much trust into "cloud apps" just because they think "free is better"...have you heard about Pandora's detailed tracking of its users? Yea, you think you're getting something for free but really, nothing is free and that's what people fail to realize.

This type of legislature really doesn't solve the problem it's claimed to solve, while only placing additional barriers for legitimate businesses to contend with. It's a lot like gun control - law abiding citizens are not going to murder anyone so the law only makes it more difficult for them to purchase a weapon, while criminals continue to get weapons illegally as they always have.


By OUits on 4/14/2011 12:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
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Companies that share your data usually disclose that in their privacy policy. If you're dealing with a company that does not have a suitable privacy policy then you have no business complaining that your data was whored out.


Privacy policies for each individual website you register for that may change at *any* time without notice. What about a new service from a website that opts registered users in automatically? Many privacy policies now include "By using or visiting the site you consent to... blah blah" So, you don't even have to register for a lot of websites before they start scraping information.

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It would be borderline unconstitutional for a law the interfere with commerce under the guise of privacy.


You do know that the right to privacy is protected by the constitution, right?

Look, I agree that personal responsibility is largely overlooked, and users who empower themselves to protect personal information will be the most successful. I don't really think this bill is a good idea in practice (it does not apply to the government, for instance). But, instead of saying "read the privacy policy lol duh" we need to start talking about what's a reasonable exchange of service or product for personal information. I don't think it's reasonable to expect users to constantly be on the lookout for changes to the deluge of privacy policies they may not even be aware they've agreed to. I personally try to keep a quote in mind I heard not long ago, "If it's free, you aren't the customer. You're the product being sold."


By EricMartello on 4/14/2011 3:22:14 PM , Rating: 1
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Privacy policies for each individual website you register for that may change at *any* time without notice.


If the website has a solid privacy policy, they will also indicate that you will be notified of an updated policy by mail or email, and have a chance to revise your "opt in" preferences. Companies that do not do this are the ones that you should be leary about sharing info with in the first place.

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What about a new service from a website that opts registered users in automatically? Many privacy policies now include "By using or visiting the site you consent to... blah blah" So, you don't even have to register for a lot of websites before they start scraping information.


The websites which do this are generally offering you a service or product of some sort at no cost. Please understand that if you do not wish to fork out some cash for the paid version of whatever it is, you should expect to compensate them via having your information distributed. It's not unreasonable, and it's really coming back to the simple fact that nothing is really free.

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You do know that the right to privacy is protected by the constitution, right?


The constitutional privacy protection is more about "big brother" type of stuff, where the US government cannot monitor US citizens without a warrant or court order. This aspect of the constitution has been shot to shit with all the bullshit "homeland security" laws that went out after 9/11. Things like the full-body scanners in airports, warrant-less phone taps and interception of digital communications are all unconstitutional elements that are currently in play within our society.

The "internet privacy" between consumers and businesses is not regulated by this provision, and should not be, because the consumer willingly provides their information to said company. I think at most that a company should be required to disclose what they do with the information they collect, and provide a notification if that policy changes...I do not think the government has any right to further interfere with businesses - they already do that enough and our economy is suffering for it.

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I personally try to keep a quote in mind I heard not long ago, "If it's free, you aren't the customer. You're the product being sold."


Yeah, that's the truth...and I don't see the need for the government to meddle with that, because it has been working fine for ages.


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