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Congressman Wants Do Not Track Function For Web Users

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas congressman says you have a right not to be tracked while on the internet.

Republican congressman Joe Barton of Ennis has joined with democratic congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts in a rare show of bipartisanism. The two politicians sent a letter to the World Wide Web Consortium ((W3C) supporting a “do not track” function for web users.

Barton said he fears violations of the 4th amendment.

“To me that is a greater threat to democracy and liberty than the cyberthreats that face America.”

Barton opposes the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act (CISPA) that would allow the federal government to share internet users’ personal information with certain technology and manufacturing companies.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated — my friends that is the 4th amendment to the constitution,” Barton said.

The designers of CISPA or H.R. 3523 say it is meant to increase cybersecurity by enabling better information sharing between internet companies and the government.

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