Have We Gone Too Far Online?
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.February 8, 2011
MediaShift is featuring a series about online privacy and the potential for new regulations to "crack the whip" on online sharing. The report suggests that FTC recommendations for regulating the "commercial use of consumer data" online and the Commerce Department's call for the government to "articulate certain core privacy principles" have been spurred by a belief that we have "lost control of the information that we reveal about ourselves and of the way others use that information." In the PBS report, Jonathan Peters writes, "In the privacy world, my sympathies are chiefly with the consumer, but the patchwork of state security breach notification laws is a very real challenge for businesses." Looking forward, he writes that it is clear the government is focused on online privacy, "but it's hard to say what effect, if any, the reports will have."