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Companies Back Best Practices Act

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 7, 2010

Three technology companies have signaled their support of the Best Practices Act in a letter to the bill's primary author, U.S. Rep Bobby Rush (D-IL), reports The Wall Street Journal. Intel, Microsoft and eBay lauded the bill, saying it "strikes the appropriate balance." The companies urged policy makers "to enact a comprehensive framework to protect consumer privacy." The bill would require online companies to get users' permission before collecting sensitive information, among other mandates. In the letter, the companies also suggested changes to the bill, the report states. Specifically, they would like to see the removal of a provision that would allow individuals to sue for privacy breaches. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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