A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers" #00266

Submission Number:
00266
Commenter:
Amy Mann
State:
Washington
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 am inundated with too many solicitations - via mail, phone and now electronically. I am in favor of limiting the opportunities for businesses and other organizations to track my "preferences" and then use them to try to sell me products and services. I browse the internet for information but that doesn't mean that I am interested in buying everything I see. Window shopping should still be allowed - I can walk by a store window and look at what is on display without having someone run out the door to try to make a sale. Why should using the internet be any different If folks want to voluntarily give up their personal information to various organizations that is there privilege but it should be a choice. It should be a choice that we get to OPT IN to. Not one we have to opt out of. If businesses and other organizations (non-profits are just as guilty of invading private space) complain that it is ruining their business model, perhaps there is something wrong with their models. :-) Thank you for working on this issue.