Privacy Advisor

Government options for encouraging use of online privacy-enhancing technologies

Recent reports issued by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce call for the use of “privacy-enhancing technologies” (PETs) to improve the quality of information and privacy choice control mechanisms available to individual Internet users. But how will government encourage the use of such technologies? This article briefly surveys the array of regulatory tools available to the government and suggests that mandates of specific PETs be used as a tool of last resort.

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