New privacy bill makes your location, sexual orientation "sensitive info"
Consumers deserve comprehensive privacy protection. Today’s release of the staff discussion draft of the Boucher-Stearns consumer privacy bill is the first step to achieving this important goal.
Major Internet privacy legislation was unveiled today (PDF) by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL). Under the bill, companies would be forbidden from using your cell phone's geolocation information without your consent, and the same goes for information on your race, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. For most other information, a simple opt-out will keep that data—even data already collected—from being used.