Senator brings back online tracking bill

    Date31 Jan 2001
    CategoryPrivacy
    3052
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The North Carolina Democrat's bill stakes out an aggressive position in the debate over Internet privacy, requiring Web sites to reveal their use of technology that commonly runs in the background without the knowledge of the visitor. Most other bills . . . The North Carolina Democrat's bill stakes out an aggressive position in the debate over Internet privacy, requiring Web sites to reveal their use of technology that commonly runs in the background without the knowledge of the visitor. Most other bills that have been introduced focus on misuse of personally identifiable data, such as phone numbers and ZIP codes, collected from Web surfers, and do not address the use of cookies.

    Edwards' bill would require Web sites to first get permission from visitors before using cookies or other tracking technologies. Businesses would be required to disclose what information they gather, allow visitors to view and correct the data, and safeguard the information from unauthorized access.

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