Submission Number: 00266
Received: 1/31/2011 3:20:48 PM
Commenter: Amy Mann
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: A Preliminary FTC Staff Report on "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers"
Attachments: No Attachments
I am inundated with too many solicitations - via mail, phone and now electronically. I am in favor of limiting the opportunities for businesses and other organizations to track my "preferences" and then use them to try to sell me products and services. I browse the internet for information but that doesn't mean that I am interested in buying everything I see. Window shopping should still be allowed - I can walk by a store window and look at what is on display without having someone run out the door to try to make a sale. Why should using the internet be any different?
If folks want to voluntarily give up their personal information to various organizations that is there privilege but it should be a choice. It should be a choice that we get to OPT IN to. Not one we have to opt out of.
If businesses and other organizations (non-profits are just as guilty of invading private space) complain that it is ruining their business model, perhaps there is something wrong with their models. :-)
Thank you for working on this issue.