Battle Brewing Between Congress, Companies
ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.June 15, 2010
While federal legislators and privacy advocates are calling for online privacy legislation, Internet industry leaders are raising concerns that the result could be stifled innovation if those regulations are too strict. The Mercury News reports, however, that even legislators who believe Internet freedoms must be protected are voicing concerns about privacy. The report references a recent study by UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania that found 55 percent of adults were more concerned about online privacy than they were five years ago. "While privacy concerns have ebbed and flowed, I think it is fair to say that they are at an all-time high now," said Jim Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology.