Privacy legislation

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The author of the V-chip legislation aimed at protecting children from violent TV programming Thursday offered legislation aimed at protecting the privacy of Internet users. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.) stopped short of specific provisions. He asked the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to study the privacy issues and come up with legislative recommendations for making sure consumers know what information is being collected about them, get notice if the collector wants the right to resell the information and have the right to say "No" to resale. Mr. Markey said he didn't expect the legislation to be enacted this year, but wanted to put additional pressure on marketer and Internet groups to develop their own standard.

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