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Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and John Kerry (D-MA) are the most recent federal legislators moving forward with plans for online privacy legislation. The Kerry-McCain proposal "would create the nation's first comprehensive privacy law, covering personal data gathering across all industries," The Wall Street Journal reports, with an "online privacy bill of rights...that would require companies to seek a person's permission to share data about him with outsiders" and would pertain to such data as names and addresses to identification numbers and biometrics. "It would also establish a program to certify companies with high privacy standards" that would be allowed special provisions for selling personal data, the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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