Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Congressman releases draft legislation concerning privacy of information both on the Internet and offline

The Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) released a draft of legislation designed to assure the privacy of information of web users.

“Our legislation confers privacy rights on individuals, informing them of the personal information that is collected and shared about them and giving them greater control over the collection, use and sharing of that information,” said Rep. Boucher in a communique.

"Our goal is to encourage greater levels of electronic commerce by providing to Internet users the assurance that their experience online will be more secure. That greater sense of privacy protection will be particularly important in encouraging the trend toward the cloud computing."

The draft legislation would require companies to clearly explain their privacy policies, provide an opt-out option for uses, and force companies to allow users to opt-out from having their information share with unaffiliated third parties such as ad networks.