Legislation to Stop Information Tracking Online Introduced

Legislation to Stop Information Tracking Online Introduced

Legislation to Stop Information Tracking Online Introduced

Congress has introduced legislation that will allow consumers to stop information tracking online if they wish to do so. The introduced bill is called ‘Do Not Track Me’ according to a press conference organized by the nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog, the author of the bill and advocates for privacy.

The legislation would legally give the right to the Federal Trade Commission to pass and then enforce rules and regulations regarding privacy rights for consumers.

People would have the legal right to put a block on internet tracking of their activities by companies. This bill is similar in concept to the ‘Do Not Call’ list, a popular consumer option that stops telemarketing advertisers from bothering consumers who do not want to be contacted by them.

The Consumer Watchdog organizations Washington director, Carmen Balber, says that American consumers must have the legal right to determine if their private confidential information is collected, profiled and analyzed by commercial companies tracking online activities.

This information can range from clothes sizes to religious beliefs to health condition to financial reports. The legislation behind Do Not Track is an easy way for people who do not want to be monitored on their internet activities to just say no.

The bill currently before Congress, from Representative Speier, is the first piece of legislation that would provide explicitly for a mechanism to legally block internet tracking and give online users back their right to privacy.


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