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Opinion: Pressure, Bills Not Enough

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 6, 2012

Writing for part one of the Ars Technica "DCoded" series, Aaron Brauer-Rieke of the Center for Democracy & Technology describes the current "scattershot" congressional approach to dealing with data privacy concerns in the smartphone era encouraging but "unsustainable." Bills and pressure are not enough, he writes. Brauer-Rieke mentions the two recent reports released by the Obama administration and the Federal Trade Commission, saying of the latter that, absent congressional support, some of the best suggestions lack teeth. He goes on to say, "The bottom line is this: We deserve to have better laws on the books. Modest progress is welcome, but without fundamental change, our privacy remains at risk."
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