An online privacy bill authored by Sens. John Kerry and John McCain was introduced on Tuesday (April 12). The following statement should be attributed to Peter Davidson, Verizon senior vice president of federal government relations:
"We commend Senators Kerry and McCain for their leadership on this important issue. Verizon has a long-standing commitment to privacy as a consumer-trust issue; any new privacy rules must be focused on protecting consumers' data, not the technology used to collect the data.
"The proposed framework is a great start toward modernizing privacy rules for the Internet age, and moves us closer to a one-stop shop for consumer protection. Policymakers and all those invested in the issue should continue to develop privacy principles with the consumer in mind, while allowing continued growth and innovation across the Internet marketplace.
"We look forward to working with Senators Kerry and McCain and other members of Congress as this legislation moves forward."