Entries by Steve DelBianco

The Color Purple in Congress

Sometimes in politics calmer heads and common sense prevail, and red and blue partisans merge into purple. Protecting and encouraging Internet entrepreneurs has been known to move Congress in this way. Today, a House Resolution offered by Representatives Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will put States on notice that this Congress won’t impose […]

NetChoice Waves the “Yellow Caution Flag” to Commerce’s “Green Paper” on Privacy

Today NetChoice filed our comments with the Commerce Department in response to its “Green Paper” on privacy—Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework.   Overall, the report contains many proposals that are reasonable and worthy of further exploration. But…(there’s always a but)…the Green Paper implies that we need new […]

Illinois Legislators Chasing a Tax Money Mirage

In their race to raise taxes for a cash-strapped state government, Illinois legislators are pursuing a mirage that other states have already discovered was a dry and dusty disappointment.   Yesterday, the General Assembly approved a version of the “Amazon Tax” that would actually reduce tax revenue while harming Illinoisans who make a living through online […]

Institutionalizing Consumer Trust and Public Interest at ICANN

For an organization where people argue for hours over arcane minutiae, it’s remarkable that virtually everyone agrees that ICANN should serve the “global public interest” and build “consumer trust” in the Internet.   Although it’s only three pages long, ICANN’s Affirmation of Commitments (AoC) cites “public interest” five times and “consumer trust” eight times. So […]

Do Not Track– a Single “Nuclear” Response for a Diversity of Choices

“The do-not-track system could put an end to the technological ‘arms race’ between tracking companies and people who seek not to be monitored.” – David Vladeck, FTC David Vladeck is right. The Do Not Track system would put an end to the technological “arms race” – but that’s not a good thing. Instead, its the […]

Yup, we agree: “It’s not a privacy ‘breach’ when information about you is out there already.”

Rob Pegoraro’s article in yesterday’s Washington Post is a worthy read, if only because it puts into context what is and isn’t a privacy breach.   Recently, there’s been a lot of noise–started by a Wall St Journal article–about a supposed privacy breach by Facebook surrounding the misuse of user data by applications installed on […]