Public Statement on the FTC's 2000 Online Privacy Survey

The Federal Trade Commission today announced the following actions:

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Public statement on the FTC's 2000 Online Privacy Survey:

  • Later this month, the FTC will conduct a survey of U.S. commercial Web sites to determine the extent to which these sites are collecting personal information from online consumers and implementing fair information practices of notice, choice, access and security. The survey will include a random sample drawn from a list of the busiest sites on the World Wide Web, compiled by Nielsen//NetRatings, Inc., for the month of January 2000, as well as a census of all of the 100 busiest sites on the Nielsen//NetRatings list. Commission staff will assess Web sites' compliance with fair information practices by analyzing the sites' stated policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information gathered from consumers online.

Copies of this press release are available from the FTC's web site at and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 877-FTC Help (877-382-4357); TDD for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest news as it is announced, call the FTC NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710.

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