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[Ars] Congress urged to investigate ISPs (Charter) over user tracking

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Last month, we reported that Charter Communications, a major ISP and cable provider, was testing a system that tracked the surfing habits of its subscribers, with the goal of sending them targeted ads. Charter made the system opt-out, meaning that users had to both be aware of it happening, and then find a form on Charter's web site to avoid being profiled. That opt-out feature immediately attracted the attention of Congress, and a coalition of privacy groups are now calling for a full investigation.
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The privacy implications here are pretty obvious, and the news of Charter's program spurred a rapid Congressional response. Less than a week after the news broke, the ranking members of the House Telecommunications Subcommittee, Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX), sent a letter (PDF) to Charter's president, asking that the program be stopped until Congress had the opportunity to evaluate it. The letter cites Section 631 of the Communications Act, which requires that any program of this nature requires "prior written or electronic assent of the subscriber.
Via Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...-tracking.html
Edited by DigitalSonata - 6/7/08 at 9:58pm
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I hate Charter, but the speeds are cool.......

It would be nice to know that my browsing habits would not affect what crap I'm not going to pay attention to while surfing
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well i tried to opt out and it said i wasn't being monitored yet, lol. but that i'll be contacted when it starts and then i can opt out.

Thanks though, i will once i can.
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Congress urged to investigate the big telecoms that have been bribing them for decades... sure they'll get right on that.
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Many companies already do similar things. Zedo for example uses cookies that track where you have been on the web for the same purpose. Antivirus even knows their cookies are trackers and will report it to their users. I don't see how this is any different.
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