Pending Legislation In America: The Online Personal Privacy Act

Using the Internet brings with it a concern of who may be collecting your personal information. Senator Ernest F. Hollings introduced the Online Personal Privacy Act in response to this concern. The Act consists of rules and requirements that must be met if an online operator collects user information. The goal is to protect the online privacy of individuals that use the Internet. The Act was placed on the Senate legislative calendar on August 1, 2002. If passed it will change the way online operators deal with American Internet users.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BE PROVIDED IN THE NOTICE?
WOULD THE ACT APPLY TO THIRD PARTIES?
WHAT DOES AN OPERATOR OR PROVIDER DO WHEN THERE HAS BEEN A BREACH OF PRIVACY?
ARE THERE ANY SITUATIONS WHEN NOTIFICATION CAN BE DELAYED?
ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THE ACT?

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