Friday, November 11, 2005

Microsoft Backs Privacy Law

Microsoft, eBay, and Hewlett Packard have come out in favor of a federal privacy law.

Thursday called for a broad US law to protect consumer privacy and a top Republican lawmaker said he planned to push such a bill next year, amid heightened consumer concerns about identity theft and online fraud.

"This is the time, this is the place, we believe, for the government to adopt privacy legislation on a national basis," said Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said at a Congressional event on Thursday.

Microsoft wants a federal law to pre-empt state privacy laws. They say that there are too many different state laws to comply with.

"It's the patchwork of state laws that is causing a lot of heartburn, not any one individual law," said Microsoft's Brad Smith.


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