Jeffrey Fisher on 21 Aug 2000 17:16:56 -0000

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very curious for reactions to/discussion of the pew study. get the whole thing at:

> Users to Web: Mind Your Own Business
> The timely release of a report on Americans' confusion over Internet
> privacy came with the handy news hook of the Progress and Freedom
> Foundation's sixth annual technology policy summit, but few media
> outlets tied the two together. Even so, there was plenty of privacy
> news to go around between the report and the Aspen summit.
> The report is based on a phone survey conducted by the Pew Internet
> and American Life project. It found that while most of the Net users
> surveyed worry about their privacy online, few do anything about it.
> MSNBC's Brock Meeks found the sexy metaphor to spice up a survey
> story: "The majority of Internet users are like teenagers just
> discovering sex: They are afraid of the consequences, but are
> basically clueless as to how to protect themselves."
> Pew's researchers found that users would rather not provide personal
> information, but they have and would continue to give it up to gain
> access to sites they want to visit. They would rather opt-in to
> programs, giving sites and companies the ability to track them and
> sell their data only when they say so. But today it works mostly the
> other way around. Meeks wrote: "The Clinton administration and the
> Federal Trade Commission recently negotiated terms of a privacy policy
> with a consortium of Web advertisers that advocate the 'opt-out'
> approach" - which, of course, is like negotiating a chicken-coop
> policy with the foxes. Advertisers say this tracking lets them give
> better service, but the survey says people reject that assertion 2 to
> 1.
> Meanwhile, up in Aspen, at least one politician was playing a classic
> election-year card by calling for an often-proposed solution: the
> your-problem-here national policy czar. In this case, Rep. Tom Davis,
> R-Va., wants to create a federal Office of Information Policy,
> according to an Associated Press story that ran on the Wall Street
> Journal's site. A spokesman for Davis said "a centralized leader will
> be able to make information security one of the top priorities of the
> federal government." No doubt, the trains would run on time, too.
> - David Sims
> Study: U.S. Surfers Want Guaranteed Privacy (IDG)
> Web Surfers Want Privacy Protections
> Study Finds Web Surfers Mixed on Privacy Concern (AP)
> U.S. Web Surfers Worry About Privacy
> Pew Internet Project: Trust & Privacy Online
> Privacy to Headline Technology Summit
> Some in Congress Say U.S. Government Could Use an Information-Privacy
> Czar (AP)
> (Paid subscription required.)

<above from media grok>

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