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Everything Old New Again?

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 13, 2010

With a nod to the year 1890, when Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis wrote their seminal article, "The Right to Privacy," The New York Times explores how more than one hundred years later, technological developments continue to pressure personal privacy. "The laws haven't really kept pace with the unbelievable developments," says Jessica Rich, a deputy director at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC released a report this month that calls for better privacy protections for consumers. Although over time congress has passed sector-specific privacy statutes, "Maybe now it's online privacy's turn to have more of a direct regulatory intervention," says Professor William McGeveran of the University of Minnesota Law School. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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