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Industry Voices Concerns About Best Practices Act

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 27, 2010

Internet industry representatives say a new privacy bill could have serious unintended consequences, including economically, unless it is rewritten, CNET News reports. The "Best Practices Act," introduced by House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL) would require online companies to get users' permission before collecting sensitive information and would include fines of up to $5 million for non-compliance. Mike Zaneis, vice president of public policy at the Interactive Advertising Bureau, told Rush's committee last week that such legislation "would turn the Internet from a fast-moving information highway to a slow-moving toll road" and that "would hinder, not facilitate e-commerce." An attorney for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also voiced "strong concerns" with the bill.
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