FTC Outlines Do-Not-Track Plan

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its recommendation for the creation of a “do-not-track” Internet privacy database, which would allow consumers to opt-out of having their browsing information collected by websites and site advertisers.  The recommendation is part of a broader push to further protect consumers from privacy breaches but could hinder advertisers and… Read more »

Administration to Offer Differing Online Privacy Guidelines

Andreas (L) and Laetitia, local inhabitants, pose with a laptop during a Google Street View startup event in Oberstaufen, November 2, 2010. The first panoramic images of German locations became available on Tuesday in Google Street View online service.  REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)

According to a New York Times article Wednesday, the federal government could soon be issuing two sets of Internet privacy guidelines from two different agencies, both of which have different means of addressing online privacy issues. The Department of Commerce has said that it will soon issue a paper arguing for a private/public partnership on… Read more »

ASACP Helps Parents Monitor Phone Apps

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 23: A new Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone is displayed at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center March 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CTIA is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection.  ASACP helps parents prevent children from viewing age-restricted material online with its Restricted To Adults (RTA) Website Label, and last Monday announced its newest label. ASACP announced that it has expanded its RTA label to mobile devices with… Read more »

Energy & Commerce Committee to Debate Privacy Bills in 112th Congress

US Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) listens to testimony during a hearing on Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH)

The impact of the 2010 election on policy will continue to be determined over the next few weeks, but the impact on Internet privacy legislation is already being felt.  Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), the author of Internet privacy legislation and current chair of the relevant subcommittee, was defeated in his reelection.  In addition, with the… Read more »

Energy & Commerce Committee to Debate Privacy Bills in 112th Congress

US Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) listens to testimony during a hearing on Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH)

The impact of the 2010 election on policy will continue to be determined over the next few weeks, but the impact on Internet privacy legislation is already being felt.  Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), the author of Internet privacy legislation and current chair of the relevant subcommittee, was defeated in his reelection.  In addition, with the… Read more »