House signals interest in online ad regs

04/23/2009 | ClickZ · NYTimes.com

At a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet on Thursday, members indicated interest in new regulations on the ability of Internet service providers and other online entities to gather data on the browsing habits of Web users. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., who chairs the subcommittee, was especially critical of the little-used technique of ISP-level behavioral tracking, known as "deep packet inspection." "The thought that a network operator could track a user's every move on the Internet, record the details of every search and read every e-mail or attached document is alarming," Boucher said.

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