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Opinion: Are We Clicking Away Our Privacy?

PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

April 1, 2011

In an opinion piece for Computerworld, Stephen Bell examines whether privacy is being eroded each time a user allows his or her personal information to be accessed in exchange for a free online service and whether laws are needed to discourage that. Though the phrase "privacy is dead" is often heard, "the loudest voices in support are the very marketers and pollsters who stand to gain from that attitude," Bell opines. Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has suggested privacy champions are "becoming a majority" after recent highly publicised data breaches, Bell says, but "what if she is wrong?"
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