In a move to help consumers understand and protect their Internet privacy rights, on July 26 several senators introduced the Consumer Internet Privacy Enhancement Act. The act, which will inform consumers about what information is collected about them by Web sites, was introduced by Sens. John McCain (R, Ariz.), John Kerry (D., Mass.), Spencer Abraham (R., Mich.), and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.). The bill would require all commercial Web sites that collect personally identifiable information to clearly highlight their information collection practices. Sites would have to alert consumers to how and what type of information is collected, how it will be used, if they need to supply personal information to use the site, and methods taken to secure personal information. Internet industry groups have been pushing for self-imposed privacy guidelines.
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