A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"
We need strong privacy protection for online users now. Your proposal for rule changes does not go far enough. All users on the internet should know whether information from their home computers is being tracked with cookies and other devices. No information should be collected, retained, or manipulated by private or government parties without the specific knowledge of the internet user. Currently, and in your proposal, there is a huge amount of information taken when accessing most web sites that the user knows nothing about. When someone collects information on me without asking me or without me knowing what is collected ====== that's spying, even if I am known on only 10 data bases as user xyz123. If the internet user wants to give "permission" then that is fine. The user would have to know specifically what the permission given is. This would need to be spelled out in "plain English," not like the current "I agree" forms on web sites. Only then can each person decide: Do I want a device put in my computer that keeps track of many of my activities without me knowing it, and then downloading that activity on a regular basis Do I want advertising agencies and their third party providers tracking what I like and where I go Do I want to take the chance that all the data collected about me, as "user xyz123" will be connected to my real name, location, and other private data Do I want that data massaged and sold to the government or a credit agency or insurance company Do I want a profile of "who I am" to exist,, forever If you ask most folks this, they would say "No." So you must ask them this in plain English. And let the Googles and others lose stock value, if they don't like the answers. The future collation and milking of data and its subsequent use is not known to any of us at this time. We need absolute protection now, unless we specifically, and for each website, give away our privacy. It is not spying when I know what is being recorded and by whom, and where that information is going. Please strengthen and extend your privacy rules to dis-allow spying. thanks!