April 05, 2003
Privacy Protection Bill Introduced by Feinstein

Diane Feinstein introduced The Privacy Act of 2003, S745 on 3/31/03. This legislation would make a two tier system, dividing personal information into two categories: 1. information like SS#'s, driver's license, some health and financial data, which would require customer's opting into a system allowing a company to sell the data, and 2. name and address information, allowing people to opt-out of systems where companies could sell that data. Importantly, the bill will "Protect the privacy of information regardless of the medium through which it is collected." So this might include RFID tag scans, IP addresses and anything we haven't thought of yet. It would still mean the information was collected through surveillance, but at least it couldn't be sold so easily.

Posted by Mary Hodder at April 05, 2003 04:14 PM
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