A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"
I support the FTC initiative to create a "Do Not Track" list for Internet users. This is an idea long overdue. Too long, companies and even individuals, have been building expansive databases with dossiers on users. This info can be sold to others just like a mailing list. This could prove problematic in the hands of a disreputable person or firm that acquires the information. No one needs to be continuously spammed with unsolicited messages, or worse, due to persons snooping through their life or business without permission via information gathered. This initiative is a way for the FTC to finally force these persons or companies to cease tracking people. Wiretapping is illegal on phone lines. Essentially, this tracking of Internet usage is similar. It needs to be abolished as well, except possibly for law enforcement,with a duly obtained warrant, when tracking sexual predators, or terrorists. I also, believe that if you wish to continue to see commerce and trade flourish via the Internet, bold moves like this are needed to bring order and security to the "Digital Frontier". Citizens and companies alike should feel confident in using the resource, rather than feeling like you are walking down a dark alley in a bad neighborhood at midnight.