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FTC may back online privacy bill - report


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*** FTC may back online privacy bill - report

The Federal Trade Commission plans to recommend that the online
industry be regulated by the government unless it adequately protects
consumers' Internet privacy by January, the Washington Post reported
Tuesday. FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky plans to advise legislators to
give online merchandisers one last chance to regulate themselves in
the coming months, the Post said, quoting from an advance copy of
Pitofsky's planned testimony. But if the industry does not regulate
itself, he will urge lawmakers to pass a bill ensuring consumers a
basic level of privacy in cyberspace, the newspaper said. The FTC
called in June for a law to limit the collection of information about
children surfing the Internet after a survey of 1,400 sites on the
World Wide Web found rampant abuses. See
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