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Privacy top priority for consumers, regulators

Groups are becoming more sensitive to how personal data is used and by whom, and when companies collect information without disclosure or permission, public outcry surfaces quickly.

 

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As evidenced by recent events, online privacy is on the minds of everyone from consumers to the government and standards bodies. Groups are becoming more sensitive to how personal data is used and by whom, and when companies collect information without disclosure or permission, public outcry surfaces quickly.

 


Net standards body rules in favor of consumer privacy
Ending a heated debate, the Internet Engineering Task Force says it won't take steps to make it easier for law enforcement to snoop on computer users.

Health industry must prepare for privacy regulations
Health care providers may soon face the problem of making computer systems comply with pending rules that are likely to raise the bar for information security in the industry.

RealNetworks faced with second privacy suit
update The company is hit with a second class-action lawsuit that accuses it of violating the privacy of millions of Net music listeners.

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Media heavyweights create Net policy institute
Online companies, pundits, and educators have formed a nonpartisan think tank to provide hard research about the Internet and to get presidential candidates up to speed on critical issues facing the New Economy.