E-Commerce Executive Calls for Internet Bill of Rights

By Melanie Arter | January 14, 2021 | 11:39am EST
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(CNSNews.com) - The co-founder of an E-commerce company is calling for an internet bill of rights to address issues of censorship and privacy.

“If we take a look at the core root of the problem today, it has to do with updated rules or the lack of updated rules and regulation, and what we have, you know, today social media is absolutely a vital means of communication,” Monica Eaton-Cardone, co-founder and COO of Chargebacks911, an E-commerce company that manages digital transactions, told Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” on Thursday.

“In fact, the only way many of us are communicating even between our work responsibilities are through online and internet. Internet is becoming a utility very similar to electricity. So giving some of these oligopolies the ability to enforce their own regulations because of the pressure that they're feeling from the Democrats and the risk that they perceive as a result if they 
don't pander to some of these requests is really creating a worse scenario,” she said.

An oligopoly is defined as a state of limited competition, in which a market is shared by a small number of producers or sellers.

“I think with an updated bill of rights, this is a consumer bill of rights really to protect consumers, it isn't a situation of a Democrat issue or a Republican issue, this is an American issue that really is derived from American values,” Eaton-Cardone said.

When asked how any of those changes will happen with a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, Eaton-Cardone said, “Again the root cause of the problem is outdated rules and outdated regulations. There is not enough privacy that protects consumers. 

“Tech is not an enemy, first of all. All of our technology can actually be used for a greater good. We have AI, machine learning. There is successful strategies to help police, you know, the entire environment so we establish ... a very fair platform for freedom of speech. This is something that is absolutely necessary and crucial for the American public,” she said.

Eaton-Cardone said she has 10 different items in her proposed bill of rights, “but I think the most important are the first four.”

“First, you know, private browsing history. You know, if we look at, you know, all the different pii or personal information, digital content. That should also - this is the second one - that should also be private and personally owned by the individual,” she said.

“Third, ownership of personal data and no censoring. We should have a completely neutral platform, so there shouldn’t be censoring. If we censor things or we allow these tech companies to self-regulate, it’s going to be actually a worse situation than we currently have today, and we could end up with even more chaos and corruption,” Eaton-Cardone said.

“What needs to be done again is updated rules and updated regulation, and then the fourth is no censoring as I was saying for political platforms. We know that there’s been issues with leads being sold from some of these larger organizations, social media platforms being used in malicious ways to help sway the public one way or another. I'm definitely not saying I agree with that,” she said.

“The problem is without government stepping in and establishing and updating all of the rules and regulations to actually align with our society today, which we can't get rid of the internet. We have freedom speech. This is an American value. We're not going to -- we're not going to be in a better place. We're actually putting power in hands that are really susceptible. They are biased, and it will definitely get worse,” Eaton-Cardone said. 

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