Small Business Advocate Radio – Why Massachusetts bailed on remote sales tax collection

Why Massachusetts bailed on remote sales tax collection

Debating the merits of not taxing Internet sales

Could a global congress on trust help control digital fear and greed

 

National Public Safety Council – Lawmakers, Witnesses Debate How to Give Investigators Cross Border Data Access

National Public Safety Council – Lawmakers, Witnesses Debate How to Give Investigators Cross Border Data Access

Signing the letter were the app developer trade association ACT, BSA (formerly the Business Software Alliance), the Computer & Communications Industry Association, the Computing Technology Industry Association, the Entertainment Software Association, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the Internet Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, NetChoice, Reform Government Surveillance, TechNet, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Ice Miller – What Your Business Needs to Know About Illinois’ “Right To Know” Act

Ice Miller – What Your Business Needs to Know About Illinois’ “Right To Know” Act

Large internet-based businesses, such as Amazon and Microsoft, as well as many online trade associations, including CompTIA, the Internet Association, and NetChoice, oppose the measure. Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce also opposes the measure, saying it will hurt small businesses and Illinois’ growing tech industry the most.

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Government Technology - Facebook, Google, ACLU Voice Concerns About Republican Internet Privacy Bill

NetChoice, a trade group that includes targeted ad giants Google, Facebook, and Yahoo, says a bill proposed by Republican Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn to make web services and internet access providers like Comcast and Verizon get permission from users before collecting their data will end free services online.

“[I]magine a world where the next time you use a search engine, instead of seeing results, you see a requirement to enter a credit card. Or the next time you visit USA Today there is fewer content and even more ads on the screen,” NetChoice senior policy counsel Carl Szabo wrote in a blog post this week.

“In this alternate world,” he continued, “you are bombarded with pop-ups and interstitials, all of which are asking for consent in various ways: blanket consent for use of all ‘sensitive’ information, consent for use of some sensitive information, consent for use of sensitive and non-sensitive information, and so on.”

Szabo warns that will be the fate of the web if Congress advances the BROWSER Act. Under the law, companies on both sides of the online ecosystem would have to obtain opt-in consent from users before collecting and monetizing their sensitive data, a reversal of the current, largely opt-out requirement set down by the Federal Trade Commission. The definition of “sensitive” includes web browsing history, a category previously left unregulated before the FCC passed privacy rules aimed exclusively at internet service providers (ISPs) last year.

According to NetChoice, the bill would erase $340 billion in advertising revenue over the next five years, citing studies that show opt-in regimes are 65 percent less effective. The loss of targeted ads will mean a greater volume of ads, less content, and more paywalls across popular websites, consequences that will hit low-income Americans and small businesses hardest.

The group argues the FTC already enforces privacy standards and that the industry regulates itself. But the FTC rules only require opt-in consent for the most sensitive information, like health and financial data. Meanwhile, efforts by edge providers themselves, like Google Chrome’s “Do Not Track” feature, are largely ignored by other websites. There’s no law requiring they comply with the browser’s request.

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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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