May 16, 2017 | News, Statements

Statement On Illinois “Right to Know” Act (HB 2774) And Geolocation Privacy Protection Act (HB 3449)

Internet Association Vice President of State Government Affairs Dustin Brighton released the following statement on Illinois “Right to Know” Act (HB 2774) and Geolocation Privacy Protection Act (HB 3449):

“The internet industry calls on Governor Rauner to veto the Illinois “Right to Know” Act (HB 2774) and Geolocation Privacy Protection Act (HB 3449). These pieces of legislation impose unfair burdens on any company that wants to engage in business online in Illinois and will harm growth and jobs in the Prairie State.

“HB 2774 would require any company who wants to do business online in Illinois to create enormous databases of personal information about their website’s visitors – connected to real names – that they wouldn’t otherwise have created. Not only would this dramatically raise the costs of online commerce in every form, but it would also create serious privacy and data security risks for citizens of Illinois.

“HB 3449 would create costly, duplicative disclosure and consent requirements for any website and individual (with a few arbitrary exceptions) that want to use location data of Illinois residents for any purposes – even something as innocuous as a navigation app.

“These two bills do not enhance consumer protections. Instead, they make it more difficult for any company to do business in Illinois and create onerous requirements that will stymie job creation and economic growth in the state.”

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Statement Announcing Intention To Intervene In Judicial Action To Preserve Net Neutrality Protections

Washington, DC — Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the publication of the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” that will gut net neutrality protections for consumers, startups, and other stakeholders: “The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the Read more »

Statement on Gov. Cuomo’s Online Election Advertising Proposal

Albany, NY — John Olsen, Internet Association Executive Director for the State of New York, issued the following statement on Gov. Cuomo’s online election advertising proposal: “Internet Association commends Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers for starting a discussion about how to ensure greater transparency in online election advertising. IA is working with Federal policymakers on Read more »

Statement On Rep. Nadler’s Appointment As Ranking Member Of The House Judiciary Committee

IA President & CEO Michael Beckerman released the following statement on the election of Rep. Jerry Nadler as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee: “The internet industry congratulates Rep. Nadler on his election as Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Nadler has a long track record of leadership on internet issues and Read more »

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Washington, DC — Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the publication of the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” that will gut net neutrality protections for consumers, startups, and other stakeholders: “The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers. This rule defies the Read more »

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