On May 9, 2011, Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, introduced the Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011. The bill tasks the Federal Trade Commission with creating and implementing a do-not-track (“DNT”) mechanism for users who do not want to have personal information collected by providers of online services.
As we previously noted, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) dropped do-not-track legislation in February, and another DNT bill is making its way through the California State Senate. The following summarizes Sen. Rockefeller’s bill and highlights some key differences from Rep. Speier’s H.R. 654.