A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00035

Submission Number:
00035
Commenter:
bill bittner
Organization:
self
State:
New Jersey
Initiative Name:
A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"

Great start, but another aspect to this whole thing is email addresses. People's email address has become another personal identifier that can be used to link everything they write and everything they do (because many sites use the email as the userid) online. Just as the FCC finally separated phone numbers from carriers and allowed people to own their number, email addresses must be separated from email providers and not be allowed to be used as userids or links to connect online activity. Until privacy (ie security) can be assured, cloud computing will be a pipe dream.