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US Congress Discussing ‘Do Not Track’ Internet Privacy Registry

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’s tentatively set for Dec. 2, is still being coordinated and a full witness list hasn’t been formed yet. It’ll 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 Washington Post reported.

“Companies such as Google have panned the idea, saying implementing the technology for such a platform would be too difficult.” Interestingly, Google allows people to opt out of their tracking, so it’s interesting that they think it would be too difficult to implement. Guess they really don’t want full opt out – given the tracking that they did even when toolbars were turned off.


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