Google, Facebook: "do not track" bill a threat to California economy

2011-05-07 11:13
Google and Facebook are warning legislators of dire consequences if California passes a "do not track" bill. The proposed law would require companies doing online business in the Golden State to offer an "opt-out" privacy mechanism for consumers.

Senate Bill 761 "would create an unnecessary, unenforceable and unconstitutional regulatory burden on Internet commerce," says the letter in opposition to the measure. "The measure would negatively affect consumers who have come to expect rich content and free services through the Internet, and would make them more vulnerable to security threats."

Signed: Google, Facebook, Time Warner Cable, CTIA - The Wireless Association, the California Chamber of Commerce, and about thirty other associations and companies.

A method for consumers

The legislation in question comes from the office of state senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach). Lowenthal's bill would require the state's Attorney General to deploy regulations by July 1, 2012 forcing any business that uses, collects, or stores online data to offer California consumers "a method to opt out of that collection, use, and storage of such information."

According to its summary, the bill would specify:

that such information, includes, but is not limited to, the online activity of an individual and other personal information. The bill would subject these regulations to certain requirements, including, but not limited to, a requirement that a covered entity disclose to a consumer certain information relating to its collection, use, and storage information practices. The bill would, to the extent consistent with federal law, prohibit a covered entity from selling, sharing, or transferring a consumer's covered information. The bill would make a covered entity that willfully fails to comply with the adopted regulations liable to a consumer in a civil action for damages, as specified, and would require such an action to be brought within a certain time period.

What would this "covered information" include? The "date and hour of online access," the location from which the information was accessed, the "means" (presumably the broadband device and its operating system) by which the data was obtained and stored, the user's IP address, "personal information" that would include but not be limited to postal and e-mail addresses, and government identification numbers such as drivers' licenses, passport numbers, and tax IDs. Credit card numbers and security codes are also part of the definition.

Entities that do not collect "sensitive information" would be exempt from the law, however. These are defined as services that do not obtain and store information that relates directly to a consumer's medical history, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or financial status.

Printer-friendly version

Comments(77)

q http://cialislbc.com >buy cheap cialis why
according [url=http://cialislbc.com]more info[/url]
cialis over the counter http://cialislbc.com

buy sildenafil australia
viagra without prescription
modo uso sildenafil 50 mg
[url=http://bfviagrajlu.com/#]viagra without a doctor prescription[/url]
where to buy viagra in london ontario

we choice cialis rx

[url=http://cialisuyb.com/]buy cialis[/url]

cialis onlineviagra sklep online opinie

[url=http://cheapvagratlonline.com/]buy viagra[/url]

online viagrawhat else works like viagra

[url=http://viagragenericvas.com/]cheap viagra[/url]

buy viagra online

z http://cialislbc.com how to take cialis for best results http://cialislbc.com >cialis online force [url=http://cialislbc.com]buy cialis[/url] when will cialis be generic

cialis online
generic cialis tadalafil 20mg
http://calismdmrxonline.com.com
cheap online female cialis
cheap cialis online

kpxzov [url=http://viagralbc.com]canadian online pharmacy viagra[/url]

only now cheap discount cialis

[url=http://cialisuyb.com/]cialis cheap[/url]

cheap cialissuper viagra buy

[url=http://cheapvagratlonline.com/]cheap viagra[/url]

cheap viagraviagra cialis sho

[url=http://viagragenericvas.com/]cheap viagra[/url]

buy generic viagra

Aciphex Tablets Zollinger Ellison Syndrome Allegra Calgary Over The Counter . Classic Art Gallery Statistic Of Diabetes Insulin Dependent Acyclovir Contraindications Renal Impairment Beta Blocker Drug Diovan Prozac Method Of Auction Paroxetine 30mg Depression . Viagra Oral Gel Testosterone 1 2 Cc Weekly Sildenafil 50 [url=][/url]
[url=http://intellect9ja.com/groups/buy-avodart-online-check-cheap-avodart-fedex-overnight]Cheap Avodart FedEx Overnight[/url] [url=http://truckerforum.com/community/threads/buy-overnight-voltarol-order-voltarol-best-offers-bonus.1611814]http://truckerforum.com/community/threads/buy-overnight-voltarol-order-voltarol-best-offers-bonus.1611814/[/url] [url=http://australianhaccpconference.com.au/forums/topic/buy-yagara-pharmacy-no-prescription-buy-yagara-no-prescription]Safe Online Pharmacy For Yagara No Prescription[/url] [url=http://homercityautomation.com/forums/forum/welcome]Generic Suminat tablets No Prescription[/url] [url=http://australianhaccpconference.com.au/forums/topic/buy-green-coffee-bean-extract-online-no-script-green-coffee-bean-extract-canada-online-pharmacy]http://australianhaccpconference.com.au/forums/topic/buy-green-coffee-bean-extract-online-no-script-green-coffee-bean-extract-canada-online-pharmacy/[/url] Neurontin To Get High Back Pain Prevacid Side Effects Synthroid Menopause Effects [url=http://truckerforum.com/community/threads/buy-super-active-ed-pack-overnight-online-buy-generic-super-active-ed-pack-online.1611841], Buy Super Active ED Pack Overnight Online[/url] [url=http://truckerforum.com/community/threads/nootropil-online-in-canada-order-nootropil-same-day.1611820]http://truckerforum.com/community/threads/nootropil-online-in-canada-order-nootropil-same-day.1611820/[/url] [url=http://intellect9ja.com/groups/cheap-azor-price-without-insurance-cheap-azor-for-sale]Cheap Azor Price Without Insurance[/url] Sildenafil Citrate Sales Testosterone Levels At Age 55
Ibuprofen Cost Dose [url=http://www.ninjaevolution.net/ben/viewtopic.php?pid=2247368#p2247368]Nexium Used[/url] [url=https://ilovedatelady.com/blogs/blog/media-press?comment=3694133251#comments]Keflex Pulvule Mg[/url] [url=https://goodcompanyinc.com/blogs/gcblog/9565713-happy-anniversary?comment=10175184928#comments]Los Angeles Over The Counter Viagra[/url] Tylenol Sinus Severe Mapquest

generic daily cialis

[url=http://cialisyqm.com/]generic cialis[/url]

buy cialis

get cialis online

[url=http://calismdmrxonline.com.com/]generic cialis online[/url]
renova expres cialis pills
http://calismdmrxonline.com.com
buy cialis online india
cheap cialis online

Post new comment

More information about formatting options

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Page execution time was 143.88 ms. Executed 184 queries in 29.87 milliseconds.

Memory usage:

Memory used at: devel_init()=0.84 MB, devel_shutdown()=9.65 MB.