Online privacy, USA-style

Usa congress In the heat of our election, this should not be overlooked:

Two U.S. lawmakers have released a draft bill
that would require companies that collect personal information from
customers to disclose how they collect and share that information, but
several privacy and consumer groups said the proposal would legalize
current privacy violations online.

The draft legislation,
released Tuesday by Representatives Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat,
and Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican, would apply to information
collected online and off.

The bill would require companies
collecting personal information to allow customers to opt out of the
collection, and would require companies to get permission before sharing
customers' personal information with third parties.

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By Alex Deane