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Will Data Ownership EVER Be a Privacy Solution?

PERSONAL PRIVACY

August 6, 2013

“Why is it that better methods of digital contracting and data ownership have not yet developed to help us protect our privacy online?” asks Adam Thierer in this installment of Privacy Perspectives. Thierer, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, writes, “there probably hasn’t been as much demand for formal contracting because many users don’t mind today’s ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ model of online services,” and formal contracting around privacy “has always been tied up with the same thorny issues of information ownership and enforcement, which have complicated digital copyright policy.” But maybe that's changing.
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