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.
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.
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.