Boucher: Bill's Aim Is Clear Federal Privacy Rights
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.June 22, 2010
Discussions continue around the Boucher-Stearns draft privacy legislation, NPR reports, with "mom and pop shop" Web businesses lobbying Congress that the bill will be their death knell. Web companies suggest that warnings about the information they collect from users will scare people away from their sites. House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA), who proposed the legislation with Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), said the goal is actually to give customers more confidence online by allaying the concerns caused by an absence of clear federal privacy rights. "There's a lot of uncertainty on people's part about what information is collected from them when they visit Web sites and how that information is used and with whom it's shared," he said.