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Opinion: Watch Out for Web-Watchers

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 5, 2010

"Commercial tracking software often secretly records where users go on the Internet. If businesses don't set their own clear, simple privacy standards, government may need to step in with a 'do not track' option." That's according to an editorial published in The Christian Science Monitor that weighs questions of regulation when it comes to online privacy concerns. Pointing out that both privacy advocates and private citizens are increasingly alarmed by the amount of information being collected by Web sites, the editors suggest that before regulations are put in place, the online advertising industry should have a chance to better regulate itself, noting, "Transparency and openness should be keystones in creating any policy on Web tracking."
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