The March 2012 iAWFUL

  1. Legacy Regulations That Have Become Barriers To e-Commerce – Around the country, innovative consumer-empowering tools are colliding with regulatory regimes created long before the Internet.
  2. Location Pop-Up Notification Bills - Do consumers really want to see a pop-up window every time they use an app that relies on geolocation information?
  3. Mandates for Remote Retailers To Collect State Sales Taxes – A national mandate forcing retailers to collect sales taxes for states where they have no physical presence.
  4. State Data Breach Rules – Strict restrictions on how businesses deal with data breaches will cause unanticipated harm.
  5. Advertiser-Nexus Revenue Ruling and Bills – Imposes an unconstitutional expansion of sales tax burdens resulting in a loss of ad revenue for small websites publishers.
  1. Taxing Digital Goods – Taxes on digital goods harm emerging artists, create a new tax on the state’s own citizens, and discourage green initiatives.
  2. Online Dating Restrictions – These online dating regulations freeze the current state of technology and foster a false sense of security in the minds of users.
  3. Cyber Bullying Bills – Let’s stop the act of bullying, not shut down the forum that passively hosts the hostile communication.
  4. Federal Legislation on Privacy Bill of Rights – It’s dangerous to give federal regulators wide latitude to make new privacy rules and to give privacy zealots veto power over a multi-stakeholder process.
  5. Prohibiting Information Sharing Among Businesses – Preventing businesses from sharing consumer information erects unnecessarily high barriers to actions that benefit consumers.

Previous iAWFUL Lists:

September-2011 iAWFUL List

March-2011 iAWFUL List

Sept-2010 iAWFUL List

Feb-2010 iAWFUL List

Aug-2009 iAWFUL List

Inaugural iAWFUL List: June 2009

Privacy legislation that sets information collection defaults will harm the growth of online commerce.