These days, we are being threatened and scared by SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. People are getting more and more conscious about their rights and they perceive the online environment as the safest way to express their opinion and to be able to remain anonymous. Reuters reports that the White House could soon approve a bill of rights that would assure users about their online privacy protection.
Bill of Rights Proposed to Protect Online Privacy
The subject of online privacy has always been a very sensible one, since there seems to be a confrontation of rights: the intellectual property, the right to be anonymous and to share files. Much has been said about these in recent days, especially with the ongoing proliferation around SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. A good example of a contradictory law is the recent approval for surveillance drones, signed by Obama.
This new bill of rights proposed by the White House could mean more drastic measures applied to such companies as Google and Facebook regarding the privacy of consumers. We all know how hard it is to permanently delete a Facebook account and some of us have also found the need to use Scroogle, a service that has been recently closed, unfortunately. Of course, this bill is just in its incipient stage and there’s still a long way to go before such big companies as Google, Facebook could be forced to loosen their policies and practices.
Could this be an election maneuver or president Obama really cares for the online sanity of netizens? Here’s what he had to say about this bill of rights:
American consumers can’t wait any longer for clear rules of the road that ensure their personal information is safe online. As the Internet evolves, consumer trust is essential for the continued growth of the digital economy. That’s why an online privacy Bill of Rights is so important.
Bad Practices by Online Companies
Google, Facebook and not only, according to the same report and many of us are already acquainted with this, have been accused not only of tracking their users’ online activities but, allegedly, to use that valuable data and to sell it to third-parties. Without any doubt, consumers have become aware of their rights more than ever, and maybe that’s why there was such a big fuss around the recent Path scandal.
Another stringent issue for online surfers is caused by the architecture of browsers and the fact that all their actions are being tracked. While that is a vital function and one that actually describes a browser, important voices from The Digital Advertising Alliance ask for a simple mechanism to be used in browsers, so that users could easily opt-out all the previous information that has been collected on them. If this bill of rights does get approved, we might get a magic button that could let us free and erase all the data…