Online trade associations, including CompTIA, the Internet Association and NetChoice, have also met with Hastings to voice opposition to the measure.
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.
The FTC has said time and time again that “consumers don’t read privacy policies.” They’ve been doing this for nearly a decade. In 2007, then-Federal Trade Commissioner Jon Leibowitz declared that “in many cases, consumers don’t notice, read, or understand the privacy policies.” Likewise, study after study has substantiated this fact.
Of course, it doesn’t take an FTC chairman, or a researcher to tell us this, we all know that we rarely, if ever, read the privacy policies we’re presented.
Part 1: We’re losing the battle for online taxes and consumer privacy
Part 2: The ongoing war for privacy and security in the cloud
Part 3: How much online freedom did you lose in 2016?
Our Department of Justice needs to heed Kenny Rogers’ advice in “The Gambler,” and “know when to fold ‘em.” In their pursuit of data on Microsoft’s servers in Ireland, the DOJ is again betting on a bad hand, and they’re not going to bluff their way to a win when the stakes are so high for companies and consumers around the world.
Last week, the DOJ went all-in by petitioning the Second Circuit court for rehearing after losing this summer in court.