Legislation Would Let You Opt Out of Online Web Tracking

Posted: April 13, 2011 in US News

David Kravets
Wired
April 12, 2011

Sens. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) and John McCain (R-Arizona) proposed online privacy legislation Tuesday that for the first time would give web users the right to demand they not be tracked online.

Still, the measure was met with resistance from privacy advocates who said the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 did not go far enough.

The bipartisan legislation would allow consumers to demand particular websites stop tracking and selling their online behavior. As it now stands, internet surfers are bound by lengthy and often hidden terms-of-service agreements by which a company dictates how their surfing habits and data will be used.

The legislation comes as Microsoft, Mozilla and Google implement “do-not-track” features in their browsers.

Kerry told a news conference that Americans’ online activity is being tracked, stored and shared “on an almost unimaginable scale.”

Kerry added that internet companies “can do virtually anything they want with our information and we have no legal way to make them stop.”

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