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CA Lawmaker Proposes DNT Honesty-Checker

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 26, 2013

California Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-66th District) has proposed a bill requiring website operators to disclose whether their sites honor consumer requests to disable tracking and if they do not allow third-party tracking of site users, Information Week reports. Author Mathew Schwartz calls the bill “a rare note of clarity” in the Do-Not-Track (DNT) debates. Industry efforts stalled last November, causing some members of the Senate Commerce Committee to question their commitment to the initiative. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is pushing for legislation that includes DNT, but not everyone agrees this is the best solution. George Mason University Researcher Adam Thierer says working to educate people while “pushing for greater transparency about online data collection practices” is the right course.
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