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Opinion: Using the Privacy Richter Scale

PRIVACY

March 7, 2012

In a column for Computerworld, Minnesota Privacy Consultants President Jay Cline, CIPP/US, assesses Google's recent privacy policy changes and places the changes on what he calls the privacy Richter scale. "Not all privacy issues are created equal," he opines. Some events "make the news but pose no lasting harm," while others "can knock you down, level buildings and cause real and lasting damage." Events appearing at the top of the privacy Richter scale "make the all-time list and usually involve widespread destruction and loss of life." Cline says the next time a privacy story makes the headlines, ask yourself, "where it measures up on the privacy Richter scale."
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