U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones: Bill would protect privacy

July 4, 2013 

Protecting privacy

Thank you for your July 1 article “Bill aims to control future monitoring.”

The right to privacy is important. As you reported, I have joined Rep. Michael Capuano, a Massachusetts Democrat, to introduce the “We Are Watching You Act,” H.R. 2356, in response to companies that have filed patent applications for DVR technology that would collect personal information about consumers while they watch television. Should these new products become available for sale, I believe it would be absolutely necessary to make Americans aware that the device is recording their actions in their homes. Particularly in light of recent government scandals involving American privacy, consumers must be able to make an educated choice between purchasing a product that has the ability to hear and see them and one that does not.

I am working to build bipartisan support for my legislation. I encourage all who share my privacy concerns to ask their representatives to join me in support of H.R. 2356.

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones

Farmville

The writer, a Republican, represents North Carolina’s 3rd District.

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