The fact that Congress is in the throes of those lazy, hazy days of summer is not stopping its desire to delve into the issue of online privacy legislation.
According to a July 17 article in Broadcasting & Cable titled “Markey Pushes for Online-Privacy Legislation,” House Telecommunications & Internet Subcommittee chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) signaled Thursday that Congress must pass comprehensive online-privacy legislation and that consumers should have to affirmatively agree before companies can collect surfing data for various purposes, including targeted advertising.
His thoughts were articulated during a hearing of the House Telecommunications & Internet Subcommittee. In short, he believes customers should have the option to be tracked or not, since technology for tracking can reveal a great amount of personal information.
Robert Dykes, the chairman of behavioral targeting firm NebuAd, was also at the hearing. He defended his company’s practices by pointing out that the concept behind the NebuAd network and its tracking ability benefits customers by giving them ads they want while keeping their personal information secure.
For more information about this, check out Rob Yoegel’s blog post titled “The Sites You Visit May Know More About You Than You Think,” on his blog, Pub Talk, which appears on PubExec.com.
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