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A nonprofit's Web site must not only constantly earn the trust of donors and visitors, but may also have to do all things possible to ward off possible regulation at the state government level-and this is talking about all 50 states.
"While you would think that actions taken to regulate the Internet would be primarily at the federal level," said Daniel Moore Daniel Moore (born 1940 in Oakland, California) (known as Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore or Abd al-Hayy Moore) is an American poet. He became a sufi Muslim in 1970. He now lives now in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. , president, National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO NASCO North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization
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Making his comments at the recent DMA (1) (Digital Media Adapter) See digital media hub.
(2) (Document Management Alliance) A specification that provides a common interface for accessing and searching document databases. Nonprofit Federation Critical Issues Conference in Washington, D.C., Moore explained that the short-term regulation of the Internet will fall to self-policing and good practices by nonprofits. "Where and when all 50 states will come together, surely a challenge, and jointly rule on the Internet, is now just speculation," he said.
At present, only a rogue nonprofit need worry that one or more state attorneys general may come pouncing. But, as discussed by the panelists, non-profits with good practices regarding Web sites may be caught in the regulatory fallout, from almost any government body, that is triggered by some rotten apples.
Moore, of the New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). Attorney General's Office Registrar of Charitable Organizations, said that NASCO is only now, as is the National Association of Attorneys General The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is an organization in the United States of U.S. state Attorneys General which, according to the organization itself, " , trying to decide government's role in controlling the information marketplace. "Just for opting out and not being bothered, for example, some consumers want a central place or list--and they want enforcement of this list," said Moore.
Moore compared Internet fraud A crime in which the perpetrator develops a scheme using one or more elements of the Internet to deprive a person of property or any interest, estate, or right by a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by providing misleading information or by concealment of to not being far removed from the $40 billion in telemarketing fraud Telemarketing fraud is fraudulent selling conducted over the phone. It most often targets the poor and elderly. Common types include:
When a county in New Mexico published property tax information on the Internet, "Judicial and police groups protested this," said Moore, who remarked that such information is readily available to anyone visiting the county clerk's office. "This, the Internet issue, creates some interesting tensions. A similar gaffe in privacy is when a charity's Form 990s, complete with a preparer's Social Security number, is circulated."
During 1999, at least 1,500 Internet-related pieces of legislation were tracked around the country, said Emily T. Hackett, state policy director for the Internet Alliance (Internet Alliance, Washington, DC, www.internetalliance.org) A membership association dedicated to promoting the Internet as the global marketplace for the 21st century. Its goal is to provide a consistent message to state and federal government that enables the Internet to benefit the . "And, 37 states introduced privacy legislation. All were not passed except for cases of identity theft - a crime that is mostly done offline. We are looking to avoid a 50-state patchwork quilt of regulations on Internet-specific privacy legislation," she said.
"Technology will empower the consumer. But also, industry (self-policing) programs are a much better solution than government programs," said Hackett, who agreed with Moore that bringing the 50 states together is a very big challenge.
Rounding out the panel was Harriet P. Pearson, chief privacy officer for IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) . Pearson is helping to spearhead an Internet privacy group, called the Privacy Leadership Initiative, that includes 10 trade associations, including The DMA, and many companies, such as IBM.
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Pearson cautioned that initial findings are showing that the merging of databases by different organizations may create a privacy issue.