A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00005

Submission Number:
00005
Commenter:
DiPalma
State:
District of Columbia
Initiative Name:
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"

I applaud the FTC in tackling an issue most Internet using Americans fear, which is the pervasive use of private/personal data without the individual's explicit approval. The industry will try to convince Americans that this act is pointless and should be driving by the industry itself. However, there is a precedent that the industry can, but will not effectively create nor implement this type of safeguard. Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 has such a feature called InPrivate Filtering. This feature should have the option to be permanently set to filter, however, after internal wrangling between programmers and executives, the profiteering executives made the feature an option which would need to be deliberately activated each time the software was opened. I support this measure and hope it would be used to hinder any further data warehousing of our private information.