By Jennifer Martinez - 11/15/12 07:50 PM EST
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), the lead co-sponsor of the bill, said the measure will help protect Americans from online scammers and maintain a healthy market for e-commerce.
“Frankly, I’m very concerned that e-commerce in the future will cease to grow and flourish if consumers lose faith in their ability to be protected from online predators, jeopardizing future innovation as well as our nation’s fragile economic recovery," Bono Mack said in a statement. "That’s why reauthorizing the Safe Web Act has been one of my top priorities this year.”
At a hearing earlier this year, an FTC official urged lawmakers to reauthorize the bill and said it helped the trade agency crack down on Internet fraud that would have cost Americans hundreds of millions of dollars.