FTC Wants Do-Not-Track Browser System... But Does The Government Need To Be Involved?

from the it's-called-no-script dept

So a lot of folks are talking about the FTC's new plan for a "Do Not Track" system, which would be a browser-based tool that would let people indicate that they do not want various marketing/advertising/tracking tools to track their internet surfing. While I appreciate the FTC's general concern about privacy, I'm sort of wondering why it needs to be involved at all, if the idea is to create a browser-based system for this. There are already technological tools out there to do much of what the FTC appears to want. You can disable cookies or use tools like No Script to block most tracking efforts already. So what does the FTC's push do that isn't already being done by the market?

Filed Under: browser, do not track, ftc, privacy, regulations


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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Dec 2010 @ 3:39pm

    Do-Not-Call Too!

    There are already technological tools out there to do much of what the FTC appears to want.

    You could say the same thing for the do-not-call list or the gov't rules against telemarketing to mobile phones. Yeah, let's get rid of all those pesky restrictions!

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