[LINK] US Privacy updates
Tue, 1 Feb 2000 11:24:06 +1000
"Regulate Thyself Warns Dash.com"
Newsbytes (01/28/00); McGuire, David
E-commerce portal Dash.com is lobbying other online shopping sites to
consumers access to their collected personal data in an effort to preempt
action on the issue. Dash.com sent its plea in a letter to the CEOs of
companies, including AOL, Time Warner, Microsoft, IBM, ExciteAtHome, and
Disney Company. Businesses can alleviate consumers' privacy fears by
access to the personal information that has been collected about them,
to the letter. "By taking the initiative on consumer access, we can help
industry avoid the kind of government oversight that some consumer groups
privacy advocates are calling for," the letter said. Jason Catlett of the
Junkbusters helped Dash.com draw up its own policy that gives consumers
and some control, over their personal data.
"Data Privacy Battle to Shift to States"
Financial Times (01/28/00) P. 8; Labate, John; Waldmeir, Patti
Upwards of a dozen states are preparing to take legislative action that
the privacy of corporate-held consumer data, particularly in the
industry. Less than three months ago, President Clinton signed into law
governing the sharing of financial information. The federal legislation
to go above and beyond the privacy protections called for in the federal
by passing measures of their own. This allowance has big business
protections are not needed and will only make matters more confusing,
concerns say. Washington and California are among a small group of states
bear watching as the state-led privacy movement heats up. New York has
introduced a new privacy bill, and a privacy measure in Washington may go
books as soon as March. Some states will soon pass privacy laws, but
lawmakers seem content to depend on industry-led efforts to regulate
the time being, says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic
Information Center. Congress is expected to pass only a few privacy laws,
during this session.
"Congress' IT Agenda Tackles Privacy, Visas"
Computerworld (01/24/00) Vol. 34, No. 4, P. 8; Thibodeau, Patrick
Several important developments affecting the technology sector are
Congress this year relating diverse issues such as consumer privacy,
employee visas, and trade with China. Many members of Congress are
pressure from their constituents to impose new regulations protecting
the Internet, which could lead to hassles for Web site operators. Sens.
Burns (R-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will submit a bill that would
means for Web users to opt out of data mining and sharing. John
Palafoutas of the
American Electronics Association stressed that consumers' privacy
concerns are not
going away and that technology companies need to begin making changes on
own in order to avoid onerous federal regulation. Another important issue
will address is the H-1B annual visa program cap. Technology companies,
for skilled workers, want the limit raised from 115,000 visas each year
the industry has allies in Congress who will fight to have the cap pushed
Congress also will consider Clinton administration plans to further lower
barriers against China, which could prove a boon to technology companies
gain access to the massive Chinese market.