Influential lawmaker Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation that will require Web companies to obtain consumers’ opt-in consent before sharing information about users with third parties.
“I believe consumers are entitled to some baseline protections in the online space,” Boucher, chair of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, said at a hearing Thursday about behavioral advertising and privacy. The hearing was conducted by two House subcommittees — the one chaired by Boucher as well as the one on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
Not everyone on the two subcommittees agreed with him, however. Read more in MediaPost News for statements from other legislators and industry representatives.