Congressman Bobby Rush, (D-Ill.), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, has released his draft of a bold consumer privacy bill, called the Best Practices Act.
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In May, Rep. Boucher, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, reinvigorated the conversation around baseline consumer privacy legislation when he circulated a draft consumer privacy bill for comment. Chairman Rush’s bill builds on the groundwork of Boucher's draft but goes further to include a full set of fair information practices.
Both the Rush bill and the Boucher draft address basic concerns of consumers. A Zogby poll released last month found that 88% of Americans believe that companies "tracking where an Internet user goes on the Internet without the user's permission is an unfair business practice," and a September 2009 study showed that over 60% of Americans believe there should be laws prohibiting advertisers from retaining data about them.