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    MediaPost: Stearns’ Privacy Bill Calls For Self-Regulation, FTC Oversight

    MediaPost reports on impending privacy legislation in Congress:

    Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) said he intends to introduce privacy legislation that would empower the Federal Trade Commission to oversee a five-year self-regulatory program.

    In a speech on Friday at an event by the Technology Policy Institute, Stearns also said that consumers should have access to the information amassed about them online and be able to opt out of the data collection. […]

    The measure will join at least three other potential privacy bills in the House.

    Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) recently introduced the Do Not Track Me Online Act, which calls on the FTC to issue regulations requiring that Web companies allow consumers to opt out of online tracking. In addition, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced an online privacy bill that would require ad networks to obtain users’ consent to tracking. And Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) says that he, too, intends to online privacy legislation.

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