US lawmakers introduced Internet privacy legislation

On May 4, 2010, US lawmakers unveiled draft legislation aimed at protecting Internet privacy. Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL) proposed the bill as a means to regulate how websites track information about visitors and then use that information to target advertising. The bill would have required websites to inform visitors how their information will be collected and used and to allow consumers to opt out. Boucher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, said the proposed legislation "confers privacy rights on individuals, informing them of the personal information that is collected and shared about them and giving them greater control over the collection, use and sharing of that information."

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