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USA Today/Gallup Poll Shows Need for ‘Do Not Track’ Legislation, Consumer Watchdog Says as Rep. Jackie Speier is Poised to Introduce Bill in Congress

WASHINGTON Feb. 9, 2011

Jackie Speier

The USA Today poll found that nearly seven out of 10 Facebook members surveyed — and 52% of Google users — say they are either "somewhat" or "very concerned" about their privacy while using the world’s most popular social network and dominant search engine.

A poll by Consumer Watchdog last summer found that 90% of Americans want legislation to protect their online privacy and 80% support a Do Not Track mechanism. Another 86% want a single-click button on their browsers that makes them anonymous when they search online.

http://insidegoogle.com/2010/07/consumer-watchdog-poll-finds-concern-about-googles-wi-spy-snooping/

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-02-09-privacypoll09_ST_N.htm

John M. Simpson

Consumer Watchdog has been working to protect consumers’ online privacy rights and educate them about the issues through its Inside Google Project. The goal has been to convince Google of the social and economic importance of giving consumers control over their online lives. By persuading Google, the Internet’s leading company, to adopt adequate guarantees, its policies could become the gold standard for privacy for the industry, potentially improving the performance of the entire online sector.

Consumer Watchdog Washington, DC Santa Monica, Ca. www.consumerwatchdog.org http://insidegoogle.com .

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog

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