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Commissioners Disagree on Do Not Track


June 30, 2011

Participants at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing voiced differing views on how to legislate online privacy, if at all, The Washington Post reports. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill testified on the need for a do-not-track mechanism online as well as on mobile devices. But FTC Commissioner Thomas Rosch has said the commission must understand do not track's application before promoting it, recommending that the FTC interview ad network executives under oath to collect evidence on common tracking methods. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) discussed their proposed bills, while Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) questioned the need for legislation at all. Meanwhile, Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) have announced a series of online privacy hearings to begin July 14. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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