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    Washington Post: Momentum building for federal online privacy rules

    The Washington Post reports on Congressional and agency moves toward creating federal online privacy regulations. The article mentions legislative proposals in the House and Senate to protect consumers.

    The legislative proposals add momentum to a push by consumer groups to create stronger federal rules for how companies such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon.com and Google can track user activity and place ads based on that information. Facebook faced criticism for creating complex changes to its privacy polices last year that made some data more publicly available. […]

    Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, meanwhile, noted during [a hearing on online privacy held by the Senate commerce committee] that Web sites and advertisers have been working to come up with their own rules for how to collect and use information in a way that doesn’t violate privacy rights.

    “If they want to do a better job of ensuring consumers have clear choices going forward and rules and notice, it is in their hands to avoid legislation,” he said in response to questions from lawmakers. “If they don’t, we will see in the next Congress more interest in moving forward on more proscriptive rules.”

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