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Virtual Insecurity

ONLINE PRIVACY

July 29, 2010

Companies are now able to create detailed "digital dossiers" from the Web browsing, networking and searching many of us engage in each day, raising questions about personal privacy, Financial Times reports. Self-regulation has been the norm in the U.S., but as Jessica Rich of the FTC points out, "If the goal is providing consumers with information about how their information is being used and giving them some control, that is not being achieved." U.S. legislators are discussing new laws to address online privacy issues. European regulators, meanwhile, are focused on such provisions as user consent and the "right to be forgotten," the report states. "Internet users must have effective control of what they put online and be able to correct, withdraw or delete it at will," said EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding.
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