Today, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, released privacy legislation, the Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011 (pdf). Do Not Track proposals would allow consumers to restrict the data gathered by Web sites and marketers on the consumers’ online browsing or purchases. In a statement, Rockefeller said:
“Recent reports of privacy invasions have made it imperative that we do more to put consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to their personal information,” said Rockefeller. “I believe consumers have a right to decide whether their information can be collected and used online. This bill offers a simple, straightforward way for people to stop companies from tracking their movements online.”
Chairman Rockefeller’s bill has garnered wide support from several consumer protection groups, including: the American Civil Liberties Union, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Consumer Watchdog, Consumer Action, and the Center for Digital Democracy.