States, Sick of Waiting for Congress, Take on Privacy
Companies worry about patchwork regulations
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 31, 2013 11:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – It's been more than a year since the White House proposed a sweeping new set of consumer privacy regulations, and in that time Congress has done exactly nothing with it. So frustrated state legislatures are taking up the issue instead, the New York Times reports today, highlighting the efforts of more than 10 different states to in some way protect individual privacy. "Congress is obviously not interested," Texas Rep. Jonathan Strickland reasons. "If they're not going to do it, states have to."

Strickland championed a recent bill requiring warrants for email searches, while Oklahoma passed student privacy protections. California enacted laws that ban "revenge porn," give kids the right to delete social media posts, and force companies to reveal if they honor "do not track" requests. But tech lobbyists strongly oppose many such efforts, and worry that patchwork regulations will burden Internet companies. None of the laws go as far as the White House's proposals, and not all have passed; Jerry Brown, for instance, vetoed a bill requiring police to get a warrant before using cellphone records to pinpoint a subject's location.

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MitchinThailand
Nov 2, 2013 12:58 PM CDT
Newser, I will not be using your service or reading your articles or making any more posts. I am disturbed by the amount of censorship that my postings have received lately - being removed without notification. Being removed and there was no foul language, no harmful words, nothing that would deserve the undue attention and removal. Since you deem it necessary to remove my opinions and comments - and haven't got the respect to even write me to tell me what your problem is with them... I can only say I am sorry for you. Just more proof that there is less and less regard for the freedoms and rights granted by the constitution of the United States of America. Good day and good bye.
GreekChorus
Nov 1, 2013 2:51 AM CDT
None of these proposals deals with the real issue -- protecting individual's privacy against government snooping!
iq145
Oct 31, 2013 9:08 PM CDT
Regulations will burden Internet companies? Well, screw them! Why should THEY have free rule over us? It goes both ways, or none at all. i especially like that idea to force companies to reveal if they honour "do not track" requests :-)