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Microsoft, activists in drive for privacy standards, legislation

Though legislation aimed at protecting online consumers from privacy violations may be a ways off, activists and standards bodies are pushing to remedy the volatile issue on their own.

 

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Though legislation aimed at protecting online consumers from privacy violations may be a ways off, activists and standards bodies are pushing to remedy the volatile issue on their own.

 


Microsoft plans free Net privacy tools
The software giant promises free Internet tools based on emerging privacy standards for controlling how much information people using the Web reveal.

Lorrie Cranor, chair of the P3P specification working group at the W3C, discusses the proposed privacy standard.

Privacy activists lobby Congress
Privacy advocates urge Congress to extend constitutional search-and-seizure rights to the Internet to protect from Big Brother consumers who shop, join groups and bank online.

Privacy standard to get New York audition
A long-awaited technology standard allowing Net surfers to negotiate how much personal information they are willing to reveal to Web sites is slated for testing in New York.