Illinois Policy – Illinois General Assembly Proposes New Internet Privacy Protections

Illinois Policy – Illinois General Assembly Proposes New Internet Privacy Protections

“Hiring attorneys to write privacy policies, coming up with terms of service – that will be a real burden for small businesses,” Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel at the tech trade group NetChoice, told The New York Times.

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BNA Bloomberg – Remove ‘Tattletale’ Provision of Colorado’s Sales and Use Notice Law

BNA Bloomberg – Remove ‘Tattletale’ Provision of Colorado’s Sales and Use Notice Law

Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel with NetChoice, which is pushing the bill to repeal the reporting requirement, asked committee members whether the information to be gathered by the state “was worth the privacy costs.” The bill “creates a honeypot of privacy that could be left on a bus on a thumb-drive.”

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Denver Business Journal – ‘Tattletale Bill’ would roll back parts of Colorado’s Amazon tax

Denver Business Journal – ‘Tattletale Bill’ would roll back parts of Colorado’s Amazon tax

Holbert and several others including Amy Stephens, the former Republican legislator who led opposition to the bill in 2010 — said the state should not be able to know if people are buying from sites that could raise eyebrows, such as gun-sales websites or sites for cross-dressers.

Stephens, who leads the Colorado government affairs practice at Dentons law firm, said she feared the law could have a “chilling effect on online shopping.”

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Edge Media Network – Illinois Moves to Implement Internet Privacy Safeguards

Edge Media Network – Illinois Moves to Implement Internet Privacy Safeguards

Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel at the online business trade group NetChoice, testified at the House hearing that consumer privacy is already protected under laws such as Illinois’ 2008 Biometric Information Privacy Act and existing federal law requiring privacy policies.

“This is not a zero-sum game of privacy,” Szabo said.

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Northern Public Radio – Internet Privacy Legislation Clears Illinois House Committee

Northern Public Radio – Internet Privacy Legislation Clears Illinois House Committee

Carl Szabo is with industry group NetChoice, whose members include Google and Facebook. He notes that backers of the legislation include lawyers who specialize in class action lawsuits over privacy violations.

“It doesn’t create a right to know, it creates a right to sue by plaintiffs attorneys pushing this bill,” Szabo says.

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MediaPost – Privacy Bills Advance In Illinois

MediaPost – Privacy Bills Advance In Illinois

The lawmakers’ vote came over the opposition of business groups like the Internet Association (whose members include Google, Amazon, eBay and Facebook) and NetChoice (which also counts many Silicon Valley companies as members).

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Associated Press – Illinois moves to implement internet privacy safeguards

Associated Press – Illinois moves to implement internet privacy safeguards

Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel at the online business trade group NetChoice, testified at the House hearing that consumer privacy is already protected under laws such as Illinois’ 2008 Biometric Information Privacy Act and existing federal law requiring privacy policies.

“This is not a zero-sum game of privacy,” Szabo said.

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Illinois Public Radio – Illinois Legislators Take Up Internet Privacy

Illinois Public Radio – Illinois Legislators Take Up Internet Privacy

Carl Szabo is with the industry group NetChoice, whose members include Google and Facebook. He points out that backers of the legislation include lawyers who specialize in class action lawsuits over privacy violations.

“It doesn’t create a right to know, it creates a right to sue by plaintiffs attorneys pushing this bill,” Szabo says.

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Chicago Tribune – Online privacy debate moves from Washington to Springfield

Chicago Tribune – Online privacy debate moves from Washington to Springfield

Online trade associations, including CompTIA, the Internet Association and NetChoice, have also met with Hastings to voice opposition to the measure.

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The New York Times – Push for Internet Privacy Rules Moves to Statehouses

The New York Times – Push for Internet Privacy Rules Moves to Statehouses

In an interview, Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel at NetChoice, said the law could add a burden of compliance costs and legal fees on essentially any company with a website that collects information, even routine things like creating email lists or giving online support to customers.

“Hiring attorneys to write privacy policies, coming up with terms of service — that will be a real burden for small businesses,” he said.

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