Do-Not-Track Online Act 2011 allow Internet users in the United States to block companies from gathering information about online activities.
Digital Trends reported that the act will also be made simple for consumers to opt out from being tracked.
Is this act a step forward to online privacy? I would argue that it certainly is.
Under this act, companies are legally obliged to adhere to consumer’s choice of privacy. This means we can finally surf in peace without being on surveillance 24/7.
But where should the line be drawn? Is this act enough to protect consumer’s online privacy?
This act is definitely not enough to protect consumer’s online privacy but it is a good initiative. I would also hope that this act will be passed in other countries outside USA.
To conclude, there should be stiff penalties against companies who flout the rules. As an online user, I like the notion of freedom while surfing the web.
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This week, we talked about reintroducing wordpress in lecture and the reading was about blog software and engine.
I found this picture on flickr and thought it is very interesting as it shows how one category is linked to another. For example, this picture shows the relationship between users and posts. Users need to create a post before other users can comment on it. I know this is rather obvious but I am thinking why is this so? What if other users might just want to interact with the blogger and it is not about a particular blog post? Is wordpress restricting what framing what users should be commenting on? From the looks of it, I would think so.