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IP: U.S. Is Said to Seek New Law to Bolster Internet Privac
From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 07:07:05 -0400
May 19, 2000
U.S. Is Said to Seek New Law to Bolster
By STEPHEN LABATON
WASHINGTON, May 19 -- Concluding that companies on the Internet have not
properly protected the privacy of consumers, the Federal Trade Commission
has decided to ask Congress for authority to impose tough consumer privacy
safeguards, government officials said today.
In an unannounced vote taken today, the commission approved a staff
recommendation to seek legislation giving the agency such authority. The
action comes after the recent completion of a survey by the commission that
found that only about 20 percent of major companies on the Internet had
adequate standards for protecting the privacy of Internet users.
The commission's decision comes as the agency has stepped up its
investigation of major Internet companies over their use of consumer data.
It represents a sharp departure from the agency's previous policy of
relying almost entirely on the industry to police itself. But lawmakers
said that the prospects were not strong for Congress to adopt legislation
so late in the session.
The legislation sought by the commission would permit it to regulate the
kinds of notice given to consumers about use of information regarding them,
as well as whether consumers can block that use.
- IP: U.S. Is Said to Seek New Law to Bolster Internet Privac Dave Farber (May 20)