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House to hold Do Not Track hearing on Internet privacy

By Cecilia Kang

The House subcommittee for commerce, trade, and consumer protection is planning a hearing in early December on Internet privacy, with Web firms expected to testify on the idea of a Do Not Track registry, according to Capitol Hill staffers.

The hearing, which is tentatively set for Dec. 2, is still being coordinated and a full witness list hasn't been formed yet. It will likely focus on several aspects of a bill presented by subcommittee chairman Bobby Rush (D-Ill.). Rush has introduced a bill on Internet privacy that he has said would balance business interests with consumer protection.

The bill will be introduced again in the lame duck session and will spell out what information cannot be collected by Web sites and third-party advertisers without approval by users. Key Republicans and Democrats have said they would pursue Internet privacy legislation in the new Congress.

The idea of a Do Not Track registry, which would be modeled in some ways after the popular Do Not Call registry administered by the Federal Trade Commission, has generated support from consumer interest groups. Companies such as Google have panned the idea, saying implementing the technology for such a platform would be too difficult.

Watch Reed Smith attorneys Judy Harris and Amy Mushahwar break down Rush's bill and another bill in the House aimed at Internet privacy.


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By Cecilia Kang  | November 15, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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They'll settle for an 'opt-out' policy.
What you will need to do is hand deliver a letter to Yumjaagiin Altankhuyag, an itinerant yak herder somewhere in Mongolia.

Posted by: nick7 | November 15, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your Do Not Track column, Ms. Chang. A Do Not Track registry is worth a thousand spams, to the tenth power. What I would give to be able to visit a site for a minute or two, and not be bombarded with its spam, spam, and more spam.

Subcommittee chairman Bobby Rush has always intrigued me. If 'that little man' can help pull this off, he will surely grow in stature.

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Posted by: fsafs07 | November 16, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Gee, what a surprise -- seems you 'forgot' to give credit for the 'popular' Do Not Call list to its progenitor, the Bush Admin.

Posted by: robeste | November 16, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow, you bushies are really touchy, eh? Desperate for some kind of achievement to point to, I guess. Actually, the Telemarketing Sales Rules were already in the works at the FTC when your boy took, I say took, office.

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While we're at it, let's not "forget" to give credit to Alex Graham Bell for inventing the telephone.

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Posted by: lquarton | November 16, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

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