FTC Proposes Do Not Track List For Web Marketing
I support this ruling in principle. I don't think online companies should be allowed to track your activity or place anything on your computer without your consent.
The question is though, would it work?
A large share of the companies that do this are overseas and the ones here would move if the rules are passed. Can we regulate them?
We could regulate the servers and providers but how well? What about overseas providers?
Ultimately the question is, what do we do with the internet. While I am not a fan of regulation, we have to have some controls. Child pornography. Illegal scams. Viruses, malware, Trojan horses, etc.
In a way, the internet is really like the old American wild west right now. There is great potential. Wide open spaces. There is also the unknown and some hidden dangers.
How do we settle it while still leaving the pioneering spirit intact?