Internet Law

Want to Weigh In on Web User Rights? Proposed Law Is Being Drafted by Individuals Online

At a time when privacy and intellectual property issues often collide with the day-to-day reality of what individuals and corporations consider ordinary uses of the Internet, an effort is afoot to create a Digital Citizen’s Bill of Rights.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has posted a draft on the Madison collaborative bill-editing site, and crowd revisions are ongoing, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Users are suggesting, for example, that the bill recognize both a right to privacy and a right to anonymity, and that it recognize those rights as applicable not simply to “digital citizens” but to a broader range of entities, including avatars.

A post on inSourceCode’s inSights, inTrigues, and Innovations blog provides additional details about the Madison project.

Related coverage: “It Isn’t Necessarily Big Brother, But Somebody Is Potentially Watching, Virtually All the Time” “Record $22.5M Google Pact Sparks Self-Scrutiny by Other Companies re Privacy, Data Security” “8th Circuit OKs $222K Award But Avoids Ruling on Key Issue in Historic RIAA File-Sharing Case”

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