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For Web Techniques, Robert Cannon writes...
\"By and large, when it comes to protecting consumer privacy, the mantra in Washington has been self-regulation. Privacy gaffes by online companies are characterized as merely the normal growing pains of the new online economy. In addressing them, government has generally opted to negotiate resolutions with industry and consumer groups, rather than apply new regulations. As with many issues, however, when it comes to children, industry blunders have swiftly been greeted by the sound of the gavel coming down.\" [more...]
Brian Krebs writes...
\"The Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would require schools to get parental consent before collecting personal information from students for commercial use. The Student Privacy Protection Act requires schools to give parents notification of potential data collection within schools by corporations or other groups, and calls for disclosure of how the information will be used, to whom it will be given and how much class time any information gathering would take. Schools also would be required to notify parents of changes to their policies. [more...] from NewsBytes.
A report released today by the Center for Media Education (CME), a non-profit organization monitoring online content aimed at children, said that in its first year of application, the Children\'s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) wrought positive changes but the industry is falling short of complying with privacy provisions. [more...] from NewsBytes.
\"We are clearly trying to raise public awareness about the extent of the government\'s capacity for (electronic) eavesdropping,\" says ACLU Associate Director Barry Steinhardt. \"We\'re trying to focus the attention of the (Bush) administration and the Republican leadership.\" [more...] from NewsBytes.
I found this story from Newsbytes on my favorite law portal LLRX. A company has created an online browser that will protect the privacy of its users. It\'s called Orangatango.\"Consumers who hate getting an inbox full of unsolicited commercial e-mail \"spam\" after registering at an online shopping site soon may have an alternative.
Utah-based Orangatango says its \"VirtualBrowser,\" which currently is available in a beta test version, will in effect stand between a Web surfer and those who wish to track his or her movements in the online realm.\" -- Read More
The Federal Trade Commission has established a set of rules for developers of child-oriented web sites. According to a recent investigation, over half of the 162 sites tested failed to adhere to them. [more...] from the Nando Times
Slowly we seem to be losing more and more of our privacy. Those of us whose names are All over the web have even less, and some people want to keep it that way, and even want to take more, so they can make more money.
This Story (And Another) on \"the Online Privacy Alliance\" (that\'s such an ironic name for this group), a group made up of Microsoft, AOL Time Warner, IBM, AT&T, BellSouth and Sun Microsystems, explains what I mean. Not exactly a group of people I woud say want to make it easier for us to hide from them.
The ALA seems to be too worried about filtering and Boy Scouts to make much noise in this area. What\'s more important to you? -- Read More
Not that people wouldn\'t have already thought about this..., but it\'s still a little disturbing to think that while most parents warn their children about divulging personal information about themselves in order to keep their kids safe, Junior may not know that he shouldn\'t give out mom and dad\'s personal information.
According to emarketer, who claims to be the leading provider of Internet statistics, \"younger Americans and veteran Internet users are among the least concerned with online privacy.\" They found that 75 percent of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services.
\"Many parents with Internet connections at home fear that their children will share personal information over the net,\" said Rob Janes, an eMarketer analyst. \"Offerings of free gifts and such from Internet companies often lure these unassuming children into a trap.\" [more...]
With surveys finding that a quarter of Internet users are alarmed about their loss of privacy, Internet service providers could find that a company called Safeweb, with the help of the CIA, will reassure customers about the safety of Internet surfing.
Using Safeweb also evades software that schools and libraries have installed on computers to limit Internet sites students can visit. [more...]