May 132010
 
 May 13, 2010  Laws, U.S.

Tanya Forsheit analyzes a a draft of a privacy bill introduced recently by Rick Boucher and Cliff Stearns:

In early May, Reps. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) introduced a long anticipated “discussion draft” of a bill “[t]o require notice to and consent of an individual prior to the collection and disclosure of certain personal information relating to that individual.” You have probably heard that industry and consumer groups alike are not happy with the discussion draft.  What exactly is the Boucher Bill and what would it mean for almost every company engaged in the collection, use or disclosure of personal information (not just companies engaged in online behavioral advertising)?  Following is a FAQ. Comments on the draft legislation are due June 4 (mark your calendars).

* Isn’t the Boucher Bill just about online behavioral advertising conducted by large marketers?

No. The Boucher Bill is proposed federal privacy and data security legislation that is very broad and far-reaching and goes way beyond regulation of online behavioral advertising as defined by the FTC.

Read her analysis on InformationLawGroup. This is the most detailed analysis of the draft of the proposed bill that I’ve seen so far.

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