My Comments Inline: I basically do not think our senate is qualified to deal with the tough “Science” Issues
June 28, 2011
Thank you for contacting my office about online privacy. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.
Internet access is a crucial driver of our economy, enhances educational opportunities and provides a connection to the global community. With more and more consumers doing business online and transferring sensitive health and financial information over the Internet, online privacy and cybersecurity are critical issues. It is important that consumers feel free to take advantage of the opportunities that the Internet has to offer. I believe individuals should be able to make informed privacy decisions to avoid online identity theft and the misuse of their personal information.
The Obama Administration has proposed standardizing the issue of online privacy by creating a voluntary program in which users could authenticate their identity through a universal online credential. Opponents have expressed concern that this proposal would result in a federal “Internet passport” and a reduction in online privacy.
Comment: This is such a primitive and uninformed solution, count me in as an opponent!
Additionally, legislation has been introduced in the Senate to address online privacy, including the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 and the Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011. These bills have both been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, of which I am not a member.
COMMENT: http://shaheen.senate.gov/about/biography/ what are her science credentials, is she qualified, how will we ever compete with the Chinese as all our senators appear unqualified from a science perspective.
I will keep your comments in mind should these proposals or any other legislation that would affect Internet privacy come before the full Senate for consideration. I know we can continue to respect consumer concerns and issues of national security while also preserving Internet freedom and encouraging continued economic innovation and growth.
Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me and please do not hesitate to contact my office with any future questions or concerns.
United States Senator