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Showdown Looming on New Rules?

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 10, 2010

A confrontation is brewing between Internet companies, federal regulators and legislators over online privacy rules, The New York Times reports. Referencing such proposals as a "do not track" feature online to "let Internet users tell Web sites to stop surreptitiously tracking their online habits" and forthcoming reports by the Federal Trade Commission and Commerce Department on online privacy, the article points to concerns from consumer and privacy advocates that the interests of those most affected by privacy policies will be forgotten. "Which agency or group leads the debate could go a long way toward determining the result," the report states. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor's note: Consumer privacy and the FTC will be a focus of next month's Practical Privacy Series in Washington, DC.
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