WASHINGTON’S INTERNET PRIVACY GOALS DOWNSIZED

By: Staff Reports

No Sweeping Legislation Expected





WASHINGTON – (The Hollywood Reporter) Lawmakers supportive of Internet privacy laws said this week they would take an issue-by-issue approach next year rather than push for sweeping legislation. They also said the government should set higher standards of privacy for its Web sites.



Lawmakers testifying at a House hearing said they favor “baseline standards” of privacy rather than the strict guarantees common in Europe – or “micromanaging,” as they were called by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, co-chairman of the Congressional Internet Caucus. Privacy legislation should address “ensuring adequate consumer protection and encouraging the growth of electronic commerce,” said Goodlatte, R-Va.



Advocates, however, must approach the issue in a “careful and deliberative manner,” he told the House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection. Hopes this year for legislation fell victim to pressure from Internet providers and advertisers, a changing market for new privacy tools and lawmakers’ substantial learning curve on computer technology.







Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher.

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