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Opinion: Best Opportunity for Legislation is Now

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 19, 2011

Justin Brookman of the Center for Democracy and Technology says recent congressional focus on consumer privacy may make this an opportune time for comprehensive privacy reform. Brookman writes for Ars Technica that the lack of a comprehensive privacy law in the U.S. is an "impediment" to business, which a Department of Commerce report has also stated. While many companies would like to see privacy protections, Brookman writes, "imposing unilateral limitations on what they can do with user data" puts them at a competitive disadvantage. "Any privacy law that is enacted doesn't need to, and shouldn't, prohibit data sharing or invalidate business models. As long as...the consumer decides to accept the terms, we shouldn't put limits on what consumers are willing to do with their own information," he says.
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