Online Privacy Protection Meets Great Resistance

This summary discusses the new legislation, Hollings’ Online Personal Privacy Act, aimed at increasing Internet privacy. The reason for this legislation is to limit how businesses can use phone numbers and purchase records and other data that are collected through their websites. Online businesses would be required to get customers permission before collecting or sharing any sensitive personal information with other outside companies.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is purpose of this proposed federal bill?
How does the Bill define online personal information?
How do companies deal with this proposed legislation for the disclosure of sensitive information?
Does this Bill affect offline corporations and small businesses?
What are the penalties for failure to comply with this new proposed federal legislation?

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