A new consumer privacy bill unveiled by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass. and John McCain, R-Ariz., on Tuesday is already dividing consumer groups, pitting privacy advocates against Consumers Union and big companies such as Microsoft and eBay.
The bill aims to protect consumer privacy by regulating how companies can collect and use personal information. But some groups were furious that it does not include “do-not-track” provisions to give Internet users a one-stop approach to keeping their information private.