Do Privacy Regulations Harm the Internet?
ONLINE PRIVACY—EU & U.S.February 7, 2013
The European Union has proposed several new regulations directed at giving Internet users control of their online footprint, including the ability to completely delete digital records, The Wall Street Journal reports. In the U.S., President Barack Obama’s “Privacy Bill of Rights” includes the default setting of Do Not Track in web browsers. Many argue that these kinds of regulations could harm advertising revenue, which is what largely funds free content. “Do Not Track is a detrimental policy that undermines the economic foundation of the Internet,” says Daniel Castro, a senior analyst with the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. (Registration may be required to access this story.)