A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"
To the FTC, Privacy is not just for people who are doing sneaky things and do not want to be caught. It is for all of us under the Constitution. The tracking that agencies and businesses do on the internet has spiraled out of control. This is why the "Do not track" proposal is quite overdue. I have nothing to hide from the government, but I do resent the fact that businesses and government entities are acting more and more like stalkers. I don't like the idea that I have to look over my shoulder, feeling as if I am being followed wherever I go, and tracked in every aspect of my life. It is like I must constantly be on the alert for "Peeping Toms" at my window, just waiting to take advantage of me. This makes me afraid to conduct personal business, or make purchases on the internet. More and more, I see that I am in some vast consumer database that knows more about me than I know about myself. More and more, we are losing our liberties and our rights under the Constitution of the United States of America. The FTC should be in the business of protecting the citizen consumer. This "1984" tracking and spying only helps the corporate world to enslave the average consumer by deviously separating him or her from his or her money. It is time to reign-in these peepers and give everyone a choice as to whether or not the individual wants to allow their lives to be tracked by those who only wish to exploit them for profit, or other devious (or benign) reasons. I urge you to climb out of the bed of the corporate world and allow the consumer to breath free, knowing that she or he is free to use the benefits of cyberspace without being stalked or spied upon on a daily basis. Therefore, I urge you to put a tight reign on commercial internet stalkers by putting up roadblocks to protect the internet user and consumer. Thank you, Sally A. Bridges