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Privacy has been garnering a lot of attention lately. Last month, “Do Not Track” legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, spurring even more debate about online. In light of the discussions surrounding this issue, TAP will host a chat on Twitter under the hashtag #TAPtalk on March 16 at 2 p.m. EST.
James Grimmelmann discusses how participating in a data privacy symposium led to his paper (“Known and Unknown, Property and Contract: Comments on Hoofnagle and Moringiello”) that explores the problems of privacy and security in the payment system.
Some companies are imposing the law of the jungle on consumers. Privacy law is one of the few tools we have to civilize them.
An April 1, 2011 conference at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law will focus on the roles and responsibilities both public and private sectors will have to shoulder in order for the United States to achieve global leadership in cybersecurity. In anticipation of the conference, the I/S journal has also launched a new blog for sharing news, ideas, opinions, and analyses on cybersecurity.
As much as some in the advertising industry dislike DNT, consumers are likely to judge it harshly too.
Nicknamed the internet ‘kill switch,’ the “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010” was being re-introduced to a Senate committee on the same day that the Egyptian government shut down internet access for its citizens. Debates of censorship, cybersecurity, and economic impact follow.
TAP academics John Palfrey and Jonathan Zittrain have been actively engaged in the discussions about Internet censorship in light of the recent events in Egypt. Highlights from quotes in news journals and research articles are provided.
Reporting from the State of the Net Conference, keynote speaker Howard Schmidt emphasized that cybersecurity is key to intellectual property and the economy. Schmidt is the Cybersecurity Coordinator for the Executive Office of the President. At this technology policy conference, which involves leading Internet policy experts –both from the private and public sector, Schmidt outlined the basic proponents of Congress’ plan to modernize cybersecurity legislation.
What can the Department of Commerce do to make privacy self-regulation work for consumers?
Is the FTC up to the challenge of enforcing consumer privacy rights?
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Privacy and Consumers

There are a number of privacy issues related to how online companies collect, store, use and share personally identifiable information; and how consumers are informed about what is done with their information online.

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