A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00041

Submission Number:
00041
Commenter:
Christopher Goyra
State:
California
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 feel that it is completely necessary for this option. Just as there is a do not call list for people who don't care to be bothered by telemarketers there should be the same for people who do not want their public and or personal information taken and sold or stored on the internet. I feel that there are those who are concerned over one or both of these matters as well most are oblivious to how much information is actually collected. Google being possibly the number one offender of this as well not being all truthful with their practices such as those with their streeview cars WiFi snooping is absurd and needs to be addressed. Although it would be nice to have it as an option built into web browsers I feel it may be better if this is implemented into the OS based on the users MAC Address of their network cards. This unique address would be something along the lines of a phone number, unique and the main difference is you cannot change your MAC Address like an IP Address. I believe respect comes first especially to ones privacy just as our nations. As an example when I am not at work I help amongst friends protecting their machines as well as their privacy with ad blockers and tracking server blockers. Having to go that extent is nearly the same as having to install anti-virus that is sufficient to protect users which I feel is absurd as virus's are used for malicious purposes by users to fool users in spending money or setting machines up for ad clicking to produce false revenue. In this instance companies are using tracking cookies and other methods to take users information and sell it off to others which I feel is similar in comparison yet this is being operated by big businesses such as Google making 97% of their revenue off such. I feel all businesses should be fair and generate revenue off talent and innovation not taking peoples information and selling it. The reason for a system wide block by MAC address is that web browsers are not the only ones to harvest and transfer information. There are a lot of software applications that use this tactic as well mainly Google with all their applications by default set to collect and usually make it difficult to find how to turn it of and that is even if the user is aware this is happening. I feel this is a huge security threat to everyone using the internet which these days is just about everyone. Please take my statement into consideration for this matter. Thanks.