The Center for Democracy and Technology will testify Wednesday about the privacy concerns over ad networks like NebuAd, which has come under fire over a deal with Charter Communications to deploy user-tracking technology, ChannelWeb reports."For years, Web sites have entered into agreements with advertising networks to use 'cookies' to track individual users across Web sites in order to compile profiles, the CDT wrote in a report issued Tuesday.
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The office of the Minister for Communication, Information Technology and the Arts, Helen Coonan, has slammed the Democrats' recently-released Spyware Bill, saying "new legislation was not required."The Democrats introduced legislation into parliament last week that would see anyone convicted of installing spyware or cookies on computers without user permission face imprisonment of up to two years.
The Australian Democrats have introduced legislation to parliament that would see anyone convicted of installing spyware or cookies without permission on a users' computer face imprisonment of up to two years.The Democrats' information technology spokesperson, Brian Greig, said today the Spyware Bill 2005 was not designed to ban spyware or other unauthorised installations but to require companies to obtain permission from the owner of the computer before proceeding.
Lawmakers consider bowing to Web marketers' pressure not to designate cookies as unlawful technology under an anti-spyware bill.
LONDON--The British government’s Office of the Information Commissioner has pledged its support for opt-in cookies, despite a recent u-turn on such standards by the European Union. Electronic tags, known as cookies, can be used to track an individual's movements on the Internet for a number of years. The information commissioner is concerned that the unauthorized use of such intrusive technology could breach data protection principles within the U.K. "If organizations are going to put lots of computer code on a machine that tracks a person's movements online, individuals should be told about it," said Iain Bourne, strategic policy officer to the information commissioner. "This shouldn't be happening until they have agreed to it." --Wendy McAuliffe, ZDNet UK