Tag Archives: Do Not Track

California DNT Hearing Scheduled For May 3

As we have previously posted, California State Senator Alan Lowenthal has introduced do-not-track legislation with the support of Consumer Watchdog and other public advocacy groups.  Most recently, the California Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a May 3, 2011 hearing on the bill.   SB 761 directs the California attorney general to adopt regulations requiring companies that collect online data to allow … Continue Reading

Do-Not-Track Legislation Unveiled in California

As we previously posted, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced federal do-not-track legislation in February.  California State Senator Alan Lowenthal announced at a press conference earlier this week that he is backing a similar bill in the California legislature, with the support of Consumer Watchdog and other public advocacy groups.  SB 761, as amended, directs the California attorney … Continue Reading

Kerry, McCain Circulate “Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights”

Just a week after the Obama Administration announced its support for comprehensive privacy legislation in testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) has released a draft bill that attempts to respond to the Administration’s call for broad baseline privacy protections for consumers.   Kerry’s bill, which is co-sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is still … Continue Reading

Privacy Bills Begin Dropping in Congress; More to Follow

As expected, this year is shaping up to be a busy year on privacy.  As we noted in an earlier post, many Congressional members on both sides of the aisle are focusing on privacy issues.  We still expect Senator Kerry to introduce comprehensive privacy legislation in the next few weeks and we understand Senator Pryor … Continue Reading

Roundtable, Commissioner Brill Discuss Preliminary FTC Staff Report

We have previously reported on the Federal Trade Commission’s December 2010 preliminary staff report, “Protecting Consumer Privacy In An Era of Rapid Change.”  With the February 18, 2011 extended deadline to comment on the report quickly approaching, the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology held a roundtable on Browser Privacy Mechanisms last week.  Participants included … Continue Reading

Stearns Is Reworking Draft Boucher-Stearns Online Privacy Bill

Earlier this week, Gerry Waldron discussed the 2011 outlook for online privacy legislation in the House, examining the impact that major changes to membership of the House Energy & Commerce Committee will have.  We now know that, despite former Telecom Subcommittee chairman Rick Boucher’s loss in the November election, his influence may live on in … Continue Reading

Adobe Commits To Providing Users Control over “Flash Cookies”

Adobe’s Flash Player includes a local storage feature that enables websites and applications to remember consumer data, such as log-in credentials and form information.  However, media and data companies’ use of this feature, which is sometimes referred to as a “Flash cookie,” has been the subject of a number of recent lawsuits.  Specifically, plaintiffs allege … Continue Reading

FTC’s Chief Technologist Explains “Do Not Track”

In an interview with ClickZ, the FTC’s incoming chief technologist, Edward Felten, provides insight into the scope of the Commission’s proposed “Do Not Track” mechanism and how compliance could be enforced.  Felten makes three key points:   The proposed mechanism applies only to third-party tracking for behavioral advertising.  It would not apply to a publisher’s … Continue Reading

Covington Analysis on Commerce Privacy Report: Urges Self-Regulation and “Privacy Bill of Rights”

The Department of Commerce has just issued its much-anticipated “green paper” on online privacy. The paper, “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework” [PDF], reflects Commerce’s stepped-up focus on privacy issues coming out the formation of its Internet Policy Task Force this past April. In its report, Commerce asks for … Continue Reading

Open Data Partnership Will Give Consumers Access To Online Profiles

On the heels of last week’s release of a proposed consumer privacy report by the FTC, a group of businesses that track online behavior announced that they will give consumers access to information collected about their interests.  The Open Data Partnership will also allow consumers to edit this online profile information.  This service, which will launch … Continue Reading

FTC Announces Proposed Framework for Regulating Consumer Privacy

The FTC today released its long-anticipated privacy report, “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change.”  The report proposes a new privacy framework that would apply broadly to online and offline commercial entities that collect, maintain, share, or otherwise use consumer data that can be reasonably linked to a specific consumer, computer, or device. … Continue Reading