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Letter to Rick Boucher and Cliff Stearns regarding privacy rights for online users

We write to engage in a proactive discussion about the provisions of the proposed legislation you recently circulated, outlining privacy rights for online users. An increasingly larger percentage of consumers today use the net to pay bills, research health concerns, interact with friends, and engage in public discourse. As consumers spend more time online; however, the risks to privacy and security of their personal information have grown exponentially.