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Reactions to Boucher-Stearns Bill Uniformly Negative

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 5, 2010

While consumer advocates and online behavioral advertisers typically agree on little when it comes to Internet users' privacy, their reactions to an online privacy bill released yesterday are in accord. Responses to the bill, which was released for review by Reps. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL), have been swift and largely negative, with some praising the overall effort to draft legislation and lauding certain elements of the bill and others scorning those same elements and scoffing at lawmakers' attempts to "deliver privacy." Hunton and Williams' partner Lisa Sotto says the bill "represents a sea change" and, if passed, "would get us closer to the more stringent privacy regimes that we see in other countries." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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