For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2011
NetChoice Statement on Commercial Privacy Bill of 2011
The Following statement can be attributed to Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice.
Washington, D.C. – “The Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 introduced today by Senators John Kerry and John McCain would give the FTC power to create new rules without having to show it is addressing any actual harms or requiring the costs of new regulations to be justified.
Ultimately, the legislation raises the question of whether American websites can sustain their innovation in free online services that are paid for by interest-based advertising. While this bill prescribes the rights of users, it should also explain that websites have the right to deny free content and service to users who won’t allow interest-based advertising.”
NetChoice is an advocacy organization that fights threats to online commerce and promotes policies that protect Internet innovation and communication on a state, federal and international basis. The Washington, DC-based group protects Internet commerce-driven competition and battles rules that hinder consumer choice and hurt small businesses. For more information, see www.netchoice.org.