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It Is Time For A Universal Online Privacy Protection Act – Proxy Server

Privacy Protection Act – And Dont Forget a Proxy server

Unless you are a resident of California, you may not be aware of the Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (OPPA). It is classified as a California State Law that requires all websites collecting details or information from residents of the state to meet certain requirements. The requirements primarily deal with internet privacy.
First, the act requires all companies to have a privacy policy mentioned on its website. This privacy policy should not be hard to find and must not be complicated to understand. It should not be filled with jargon that common people don’t understand and it certainly should not be a five page or a hundred-clause document which most people will not have the time for. The privacy policy should not be hidden somewhere deep into the website that people will not easily come across. Any company that doesn’t meet the requirements to ensure internet privacy will invite legal proceedings.
It is time for a universal online privacy protection act. Websites are notorious with their privacy policies and they are certainly not the Samaritans when it comes to storing and sharing data. Most people or web users don’t know what kind of information is collected, for what purpose and if their internet privacy is being compromised.

A company like Google buried its privacy policy deep into its about page and people seldom came across that little detail. Also, the privacy policy is so long and so complicated that not many people will invest the time to read it or understand everything should they read it. The policy also doesn’t state or express clearly how the information is going to be used and if the web user should provide any explicit permission for the same.
The California Online Privacy Protection Act requires websites to state privacy policies in around a hundred words and the language should be easy enough for an eighth grader to understand. This is a wonderful initiative and it should be endorsed by other states and indeed by other countries. Also, the law doesn’t exclude companies based outside California. A company may be based anywhere and its website may be hosted in any country but as long as the website is being accessed by residents of California and as long their data is being collected, stored, shared or sold, the websites and the companies will have to comply with the law.