Op-Ed: Proposed bill would help internet users

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Op-Ed: Proposed bill would help internet users

News Democrat — Today’s technology has made it easier for grandparents in Canton to connect with their grandchildren in Chillicothe. Items from a store in Orrville can be purchased in Sharonville and shipped to Circleville.

But improved technology also brings challenges along with opportunities.

The Internet and some popular communication devices have made it easier for companies to track consumers and criminals to pursue children.

Facebook, Google, and other popular websites collect computer users’ personal information. Applications on so-called smartphones – like the Blackberry and iPhone – can also track a caller’s location using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.

GPS is available to any private user, including marketing and research firms.

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