FTC Asking for New Online Privacy Regulations

The internet is subject to the abuse of sharing and trading personal information. The Federal Trade Commission has finally acted to stop some of the problems by proposing new regulations on online privacy. The FTC in its report proposed  implementation of  a  ‘Do Not Track’ mechanism. The report recommended, “… a persistent setting on consumers’ browsers – so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities.”  This provision is  an attempt at easing the burden on consumers trying to keep track of the sites that utilize their stored information. If you want more information on this issue it is available in the FTC report at, http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/12/privacyreport.shtm.

The FTC is taking public comment until January 31, 2011. If you want to file a comment on this policy change go to their website at,  https://ftcpublic.commentworks.com/ftc/consumerprivacyreport/.