Toomey Thinks It Would "Break the Internet" If Companies Can’t Track You Online

Sarah Lai Stirland:

Federal legislative proposals to help consumers to effectively stop companies from tracking them online without their knowledge might “break the internet,” a key Republican senator working on the legislation said in a hearing on the issue on Wednesday.

“In a world where people voluntarily share very personal information on web sites like Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis, I’m not entirely sure what consumer expectations are when it comes to privacy, but I am sure that different consumers have different expectations about privacy,” said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) in a Wednesday morning Senate Commerce Committee hearing on privacy and data security.


  1. Anonymous says:

    COLBY ITKOWICZ thinks YOU are an ineffective Journalist, Jon.

    For so many reasons on top of "WEINER NEEDS TO STICK IT OUT", as well…

    Obama made a fool of himself (again) at today's press conference (first one in months)

    (what ever happened to all the campaign promises about Transparency?)

    (and posting all proposed Legislation on-line for at least three days so The People could have a look first?)

    It's the stone-cold HUSTLING and LYING, Stupid.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Too bad you cannot tout OBAMA's RECORD the PAST THREE YEARS



    (i have every confidence, though, your paymasters have some half-baked idea masquerading as a plan, though)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Let's see… Successful businessman, has created jobs for hundreds of people over the years and knows what it takes to survive as a small businessman…


    Smart ass bloggers who have never accomplished a thing in their lives, have no experience at much of anything, and look for cheap shots at others' expense.

    That's a tough one.

  4. Jon Geeting says:

    Sorry I can't see dumb comments right now I think the Internet's broken

  5. Toomey probably takes this position because the same data processing companies (like Acxiom) that sell consumer information to corporations for the purpose of micro-targeting also generate lists of likely voters to political campaigns.

    Also because Toomey evidently endorses the Zuckerberg theory of subjectivity. We live one life and we live it in full view of the public. Privacy is bad for business.

  6. Anonymous says:

    CT, I'm sorry but I missed your outrage that the "do not call" legislation excludes politicians begging for $$. They can call all they want.

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