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Opinion: Privacy Choices Should Remain Private

ONLINE PRIVACY

November 4, 2011

In a column for The Huffington Post, Michel Kelly-Gagnon questions whether citizens should trust the government to protect their online privacy. Choosing a "social life in favour of privacy" and "sacrificing some privacy in order to have more of a social life" is a choice everyone should have the right to exercise. "Some people," Kelly-Gagnon writes, "seem to think that individuals are not wise enough to make these choices and that somebody has to decide for them and impose the same trade-off on everybody." Private companies, he asserts, have incentives to keep consumer data private. "I am simply proposing to rely mostly on private choices" to address privacy issues, Kelly-Gagnon writes.
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