Submission Number: 00241
Received: 1/23/2011 12:36:40 PM
Commenter: John Luke
State: New Jersey
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"
Attachments: No Attachments
Customers of commercial web sites like Facebook or other web sites which may use personal information to sell to third parties for revenues as opposed to standard advertising revenues should be provided an easy to read and understand online insturction set from the FTC directly which includes basic information all consumers need to know such as how to omit information not required by the commercial website like Facebook does not require a person to enter their home address or telephone number for participation. Also, this informational resource should provide ways to contact the FTC, the FCC or the FBI in regards to filing complaints about personal solicitations when they are suspected and on standard policies on how these privacy disputes will be regulated and resolved in the future. I agree that these private web sites need to provide easy to understand bold instructions instead of small print long disclosures and these commercial web sites should provide easy to understand ways to omit information they don't require and how exactly they intend to use specific information which is personally identifyable. I do not agree that all internet usage should not be tracked, rather customers should be provided a way to opt in to being tracked and a way to ensure they may be by default opted out of commercial tracking of internet usage.