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FLEOA Offers Amendments for S.913

Dear Chairman Jay Rockefeller and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison

I am writing on behalf of the more than 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) to advise you of our request for an amendment for S.913 -- Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011.

This legislation is introduced to require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to promulgate: (1) regulations that establish standards for the implementation of a mechanism by which an individual can indicate whether he or she prefers to have personal information collected by providers of online services, including by providers of mobile applications and services; and (2) rules that prohibit such providers from collecting personal information on individuals who have expressed a preference not to have such information collected. It also required such rules to allow for the collection and use of personal information if: (1) the information is necessary to provide a service requested by the individual so long as identifying particulars are removed or the information is deleted upon the provision of such service; or (2) the individual receives clear, conspicuous, and accurate notice on, and consents to, such collection and use.

FLEOA is requesting that a provision be added that specifically addresses the safety and protection of personal data information of law enforcement officers and their families. We have witnessed, on far too many occasions, members of law enforcement being targeted for assault (or worse), threats, harassment and the safety of their families being threatened due to information garnered on the Internet by criminal elements.

A simple amendment providing specific protection of information for law enforcement officials and their families would assist in ensuring the safety and security of these brave men and women and allow them to continue to protect the American public.

On behalf of the membership of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, thank you for your attention to our concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any additional information or assistance.

Respectfully,

Frank Terreri

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA)
National Vice President for Legislative Affairs
FTERRERI@FLEOA.ORG