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Lawmakers Question Web Tracking

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 6, 2010

Following a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) are seeking information about the privacy practice of 15 popular Web sites the newspaper's investigation identified as "installing the most tracking technology on their visitors' computers." Markey and Barton, who chair the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, sent letters to the sites on Thursday, stating they are "troubled by the findings in this report, which suggest that the price of consumers' daily use of the Internet increasingly is surrender of their personal information." The legislators have asked the sites to detail their own privacy practices as well as those of the tracking technologies installed by outside companies. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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