Thursday, December 2, 2010

Would This Work?

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?


Mustang said...

I’m not sure I understand this. If anyone wants to prevent tracking cookies, they can do that in their own web browser. Do we need the government to do this for us? In some cases, we get a warning, “you must enable cookies to visit this site” or some such message. In that case, isn’t it a trade off? In exchange for being able to buy things on line, you have to enable a tracking cookie. Again, I am not sure I understand why this is an issue.

Chuck said...

Mustang, my understanding (I am not a computer expert) is that they do more than just use cookies. I think they use tracking software to see where you go and target that for their own use. I have a problem with this in that I don't think it is anyone else's business where I go online.

As far as placing cookies on our computer, I am very much against this. In my mind it is my computer and no one should be allowed to place anything on it without my express permission. I don't feel I should have to block them, I feel they should ask permission to place it.

Obviously some cookies are beneficial but I feel I should be the one to allow the placement of them on my computer.

MK said...

The thing about this is they probably won't be able to enforce it, but i'm betting they'll make damn sure they get all the tax dollars they can suck out for trying to.

Chuck said...

MK, that may very well be the plan