Senator Marco Rubio about Internet privacy
Dear Mrs. Dixey,
Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts regarding Internet privacy. I appreciate the opportunity to address this issue.
As you know, the Internet has flourished since its inception with minimal government intervention and has revolutionized our ability to communicate and conduct commerce. It has provided our businesses with the ability to compete in not only our domestic market but in the global marketplace as well. Open access to the Internet and modern telecommunications has become integral to American freedom, prosperity, and innovation.
But the Internet can also expose consumers to certain risks. Therefore, we must continue to examine ways that will ensure consumers don’t have their personal information compromised or used illegally. We must strike the appropriate balance between addressing illegal behavior and protecting individual privacy while preserving a dynamic Internet environment that continues to produce the innovations and advancements that we have all come to enjoy.
On April 12, 2011, Senators Kerry (D-MA) and McCain (R-AZ) introduced the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 (S. 799) to establish a regulatory framework for comprehensive protection of personal data for individuals. This bill has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, of which I am a member. As the bill continues to move through the Committee, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind. Again, thank you for contacting me about Internet privacy, and I look forward to any thoughts or input you wish to share in the future.
Senator Marco Rubio