FTC Seeks Privacy Legislation

The Federal Trade Commission, in a report on online consumer privacy, on Monday called for legislation that would allow consumers to access the information collected on them by so-called data brokers. The commission first called for a “do not track” mechanism in December 2010 that would allow consumers to prevent having their personal data collected as they use the Internet. In this final report, the commission commended efforts by industry trade groups to enact such a mechanism through browser controls but called for businesses to “accelerate the pace” of self-regulation.

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