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Advocates, companies wrangle with Net privacy

How much access to Internet users' data is too much? Privacy advocates and technology companies are waging battles to establish acceptable privacy policies.

 

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How much access to Internet users' data is too much? Privacy advocates and technology companies are waging battles to establish acceptable privacy policies.

"We feel it is mission critical to the continued growth of the Internet that industry takes active steps to increase consumer confidence...regarding online privacy protections."

- Steve Wadsworth, president, Buena Vista Internet Group

 


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