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Cavoukian: Web Users Must Have Freedom To Choose Privacy

PERSONAL PRIVACY

October 7, 2011

In a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian writes that reviewers of a new book by Jeff Jarvis, Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, have been "seduced by the virtues of 'publicness'" and "generally fail to give appropriate weight to his contrasting observations about the importance of retaining control over one's personal information." Cavoukian writes, "The decision whether or not to share--indeed, the very ability to control that which is shared--must lie with the individual." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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