IAPP Daily Dashboard - Blackburn looks to Democrats for support of broadband privacy bill

Trade group NetChoice is joining advertisers in fighting against passage of the bill. 

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MediaPost – Proposed Privacy Bill Would Wipe Out Billions In Ad Revenue, NetChoice Says

MediaPost – Proposed Privacy Bill Would Wipe Out Billions In Ad Revenue, NetChoice Says

The trade group NetChoice is joining advertisers in criticizing an online privacy bill introduced late last month by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

“On its face, the BROWSER Act seems like pro-consumer privacy legislation. But it’s actually an awful deal for Americans who’ve come to depend on free online content and services,” NetChoice’s senior counsel Carl Szabo writes in an op-ed in The Hill. NetChoice’s members include Google, AOL, Yahoo and Facebook.
Szabo adds that the measure “would erase $340 billion in advertising revenue from American websites over the next five years.”

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Chicago Tribune – Illinois Senate approves Right to Know online privacy bill

Chicago Tribune – Illinois Senate approves Right to Know online privacy bill

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

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BNA Bloomberg – Colorado Senate OKs Bill Nixing Reporting for Remote Sales

BNA Bloomberg – Colorado Senate OKs Bill Nixing Reporting for Remote Sales

Under that change, the state would be “educating instead of penalizing consumers,” Amy Stephens, principal in the public policy and regulation practice at Dentons in Denver, told Bloomberg BNA April 17. Stephens is a lobbyist representing NetChoice, a prime advocate of the bill to remove the reporting requirement.

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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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