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Opinion: Privacy Attack Could Encourage Regulation

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 16, 2011

In a column for The Wall Street Journal, L. Gordon Crovitz writes about Facebook's reported hiring of a "public relations firm to plant negative stories about Google's privacy policies," suggesting that although the journalists and privacy advocates contacted by the PR firm "concluded that Google has done nothing wrong," Facebook's actions may encourage "the same federal regulators it tries to keep away from its own business." Crovitz contends that social media is "redefining people's expectation of privacy...faster than regulators can keep up," stating that it would be a mistake for the federal government to "pass any of the proposed new laws setting privacy expectations into stone." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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