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Opinion: Why Privacy Legislation Is Hot

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 24, 2011

In The Hill, Ohio State University law professor and Center for American Progress fellow Peter Swire, CIPP, discusses the hot topic of privacy legislation, saying that three "mega-trends" are driving the current action. As more Americans carry cell phones, the emergence of location data has created "great uncertainty" about who gets to access what information. Swire says social networking and online behavioral advertising are also push points, and he describes children's privacy as a potential "flashpoint for action." Swire says the "biggest legislative question might be whether to go with general privacy principles or sector-specific rules. For the first time in history, the administration itself has come out in favor of broad-based privacy legislation for the private sector."
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