Washington, DC, December 6, 2000 – The Competitive Enterprise Institute today warned the commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission not to let current high-profile privacy complaints against Amazon.com push them into expanding federal privacy regulations. While many privacy advocates have disagreed with Amazon’s actions, their complaints make clear that they are less worried about consumer choice than they are the fact that not everyone shares their approach to the issue.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The goal of any prudent approach to privacy should be to allow consumers the greatest choice possible, not to force all retailers and service providers into the one policy that a self-appointed group of professional activists thinks is best. Companies set their privacy policies, and occasionally change them, for a number of reasons. As long as customers have access to the information they need to make an informed choice, that choice should be no business of the FTC or anyone else.
CEI, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group founded in 1984, is dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government. For more information, please contact Richard Morrison, associate director of media relations, at 202-331-1010, ext. 266.