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Internet Industry: Legislation is "i-AWFUL"

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 10, 2010

Internet industry group NetChoice's latest list of "i-AWFUL" laws is naming online privacy legislation pending before Congress at the top of the legislative proposals that it says could "hamper the growth of e-commerce and the Internet," Tech Daily Dose reports. Legislative proposals by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) are among 10 included on the list. Speaking about the proposals in terms of the businesses of online advertising, NetChoice Executive Director Steve DelBianco said the measures would "constrain one of the few growth industries." The provisions in the proposed legislation cited by NetChoice as of particular concern include providing users with a private right of action, requiring consumer consent before a company can send follow-up e-mails and giving the FTC rulemaking authority.
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