"A House panel Thursday morning took up the question of whether
a law establishing a so-called "do-not-track" mechanism to set
limits on how much personal information Web companies can collect
is needed to protect consumer privacy online.
"The hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's
consumer protection subcommittee comes just a day after the Federal
Trade Commission released a draft report advocating a Web-wide
opt-out mechanism patterned after the popular Do Not Call registry
that restricts the activities of telemarketers.
"The debate is preliminary at this stage, with no legislation
backing the proposal having yet emerged and the congressional
session drawing to a close. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass), the
co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus,
announced at the hearing that he plans to introduce a bill next
session that would establish a ban on Internet companies collecting
information about children."