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Do-Not-Track Standards Discussion Heats Up

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

October 4, 2012

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has told Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Liebowitz that “self regulation for the purposes of consumer privacy protection has failed,” but, Broadcasting & Cable reports, he encouraged the FTC to work with the World Wide Web Consortium to develop Do-Not-Track (DNT) standards. Rockefeller has also introduced DNT legislation. Liebowitz has said the industry “appears to be backing off from its commitments” to DNT. Meanwhile, the Center for Democracy & Technology wrote, “in recent days, we have suddenly seen an all-out blitz of attacks on Do Not Track, both in Washington and Silicon Valley.” COMPUTERWORLD reports that industry representatives have sent a letter to Microsoft’s top executives to call the company’s default DNT setting “unacceptable.”
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