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Should Consumers Worry? Experts Share Views


November 16, 2011

The Wall Street Journal assembled a diverse panel of experts to discuss the degree to which individuals should worry about their online privacy, including topics such as social network privacy controls, online behavioral advertising and government surveillance. Panelists included Steptoe & Johnson Partner Stewart Baker, Microsoft Senior Researcher danah boyd, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Prof. Jeff Jarvis and Open Society Institute Fellow Christopher Soghoian. "If we overregulate privacy managing only to the worst case," said Jarvis, "we could lose sight of the benefits of publicness, the value of sharing." Personal data collected by firms "is like toxic waste," said Soghoian, "eventually, there will be an accident that will be impossible to clean up, leaving those whose data has spewed all over the Internet to bear the full costs of the breach." (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor's Note: Jeff Jarvis will deliver a keynote address at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2012.
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