A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00019

Submission Number:
00019
Commenter:
Strauss
State:
Massachusetts
Initiative Name:
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"

To Whom It May Concern, I am writing to offer my comments on the proposed Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers." I do not have particular expertise regarding these issues. I express my opinions here as a regular user of the internet and other forms of media. I would like to voice my initial support for the development and timely implementation of a "do-not-track" option to be offered to consumers. I take issue with anyone who suggests that current industry self-regulation of consumer privacy is anywhere near adequate. This is one area where the free market is simply inadequate. I am fed up with the steady stream of news and opinion pieces over the last few years that encouraged consumers to acquiesce to a new, compromised standard for personal privacy. I, for one, find the current situation unacceptable, and I applaud the draft proposal submitted by the FTC. Thank you for your consideration.