When The Web Gets Too Nosy

FORGET PORN--PROTECT THE KIDS FROM COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION. In a long-awaited report to Congress on the state of online privacy, the Federal Trade Commission recommended on June 4 that lawmakers write legislation to give parents greater control over their children's privacy on the Web. Specifically, the agency suggests requiring Web sites to notify parents if they wish to collect personal information for marketing purposes and to require parental consent. In its survey of over 1,400 Web sites, the FTC found that 85% of the sites collect personal information from users. But only 14% provide notice about their data-gathering practices.

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