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Opinion: More Online Consumer Protection Needed

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 21, 2011

A New York Times editorial asserts that with the amount of personal information gleaned from the Internet, and "Despite bipartisan concern about potential abuses, Congress has not acted to protect consumer privacy..."  With "little chance legislation will pass anytime soon," the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking action to "set minimum standards of behavior--pursuing companies for deceiving consumers about how they will use names, e-mails and browsing habits." The editorial adds that "Congress should act on the FTC's recommendation to establish a system that would allow consumers to effectively opt out of all tracking of their online activities...But with Congress stuck in a partisan rut, it is reassuring to see the FTC at work." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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