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Federal Privacy Legislation: Can It Happen?

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

February 22, 2012

POLITICO reports on reasons for a lack of broad-based federal privacy legislation in the U.S. Consumers are sharing personal information on social networking sites and many are willing to trade personal privacy for free or discounted services and products, the report states. Political parties use online services to track and target voters, and some are concerned that federal privacy legislation could be harmful to industry. A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution said "we're a society that has an extremely ambivalent attitude about this...There's the attitude that we express, and there's the attitude we live--and Congress is the same way."
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