U.S. lawmakers push Web giants to give users privacy

Posted in: Legal & Security at 30/03/2012 18:42

Internet companies and advertisers got a nudge from U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to voluntarily give consumers greater control over the personal data collected when they surf the Web, or else face legal mandates to do so.

Federal regulators and lawmakers are hoping they can pressure Web giants into adopting "Do Not Track" buttons on Internet browsers and to give users transparency into how their online data is collected, used and sold.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/oukin-uk-internet-privacy-congress-idUKBRE82S1G820120329

Also see:

Critics say FTC, Obama privacy plans would lead to major regulation [IDG]
Recent online privacy proposals by the U.S. White House and Federal Trade Commission could lead to new regulations that stifle innovation on the Internet, some lawmakers and other critics said Thursday.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/032912-critics-say-ftc-obama-privacy-257811.html
www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/252865/could_new_online_privacy_laws_lead_to_unnecessary_regulation.html

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