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FTC Supports W3C’s Do-Not-Track Guidelines

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 28, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says it supports the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) efforts to develop voluntary guidelines for a do-not-track system, MediaPost reports. “The commission has repeatedly and forcefully called for industry—not government—to implement a do-not-track mechanism that would allow consumers to decide whether to have their online activity…collected,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz in a letter to Congress. Leibowitz was responding to an inquiry by nine Republican lawmakers on whether the FTC was “empowered to work with an international organization like the W3C,” the report states. Meanwhile, a Georgia man is currently working on an online registry with features similar to the W3C’s do-not-track.
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