A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"
I am very much in favor of this proposal. I do understand that many web sites base their business models on such information-gathering. It may be that no harm is intended, but existing practice also shows that these companies change their terms of service with little or no acquiescence by the customers. Data has a habit of living on, and can be put to uses not intended or envisioned by the original collectors. Consumers have every right to limit or prevent gathering of this data.