|Author||Subject: db55 turned me in ya your all a bunch of Insurance "CROOKS"|
|Retired|| Posted At 22:20:29 07/10/2001
Americans Want More Online Rules, Survey Says
By Andy Sullivan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans want more rules to tame behavior on the Internet but are
conflicted about handing over too much control to the government, according to a major study released on
The study, conducted by the nonprofit Merkle Foundation, found Americans expressing a host of
often-contradictory opinions about life in cyberspace.
While 63 percent of those surveyed, and 83 percent of Internet users, said they had favorable opinions
about the Internet, 47 percent said they see it as a ``source of worry.'' Leading concerns included
pornography, violence, privacy, and lack of accountability.
More than half, 54 percent, said they believed they did not have the same protections online as they did
offline, and 59 percent said they would not know who to turn to if they encountered a problem online.
Despite this, most did not see the need for government to step in -- 60 percent said rules for governing
the Internet should be developed and enforced by private businesses and nonprofit groups, not the
But another 64 percent said the government should develop rules to protect people when they are online,
and 58 percent said businesses and individuals could not be trusted to regulate their own online behavior.
Respondents suggested a wide range of candidates for a hypothetical board of governors, including Bill
Gates (news - web sites), Oprah Winfrey, the Federal Trade Commission and Pope John Paul (news -
web sites) II.
The survey found strong support for online sales taxes, with 60 percent saying Internet transactions
should be subject to the same laws as ``real-world'' transactions.
The idea found majority support among Republican Internet users and those with incomes of $100,000 or
more, but those who shop or invest online were split on the issue, with 49 percent voicing support.
Currently, a 1992 Supreme Court decision bars states from requiring out-of-state merchants to collect
Online privacy ranked high on respondents' radar screens as well. In several questions, respondents said
they were more concerned with practices like selling customer lists and sending unsolicited mail when
they occur online than offline.
Fifty-eight percent agreed that ``my right to privacy is relatively absolute,'' and another 58 percent said
businesses should obtain permission before using their online information for commercial purposes.
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research conducted the study based on several telephone and online surveys,
as well as several focus groups and in-depth interviews between May 2000 and June 2001.
Re: db55 turned me in ya your all a bunch of Insurance (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 15:48:18 07/11/2001
Retired....What does this article have to do with me? No I did not turn you in as you state. As a matter of fact I have no earthly idea what you are attempting to say. Stop talking in riddles.
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