We at ZoomInfo applaud a privacy bill introduced yesterday by Senators John Kerry and John McCain. The bill protects the ability of businesses to contact each other because it exempts from its definition of private information “personally identifiable information dedicated to contacting an individual at the individual’s place of work.”
We are extremely pleased that Senators Kerry and McCain recognize how important it is for B2B companies to have access to up-to-date, accurate information on the businesspeople they must contact to conduct commerce. Their bill helps assure that such information will continue to be available, and it protects the health of the B2B sector … and the overall economy.
As you may have seen, we recently published a “Business Information Manifesto” to draw a clear distinction between personal information and business information and to communicate our position that business information does not require the same kinds of privacy protection as personal information.
We also agree with Senator Kerry’s statement that Americans should have control of how their information is collected and used. That’s why our manifesto states that everyone must have the opportunity to easily manage, change or remove information in personal and professional online profiles. In fact, we have long provided people with that opportunity … and we’re one of the only B2B providers that gives individuals complete control over their profiles.
We will continue to monitor the progress of the Kerry – McCain bill and other privacy bills as they move through the legislative process, in an effort to assure the protection of B2B commerce.