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Internet Privacy

November 6, 1998 • Volume 8, Issue 41
Is more government regulation needed?
By David Masci

Introduction

Nancy Everist, Advertising Director of the New Mexico Tourism Department, promotes local tourism via the Internet. Privacy advocates warn that on-line browsers can inadvertenly disclose personal information when they visit Web sites. (Photo Credit: Murrae Haynes, Associated Press)
Nancy Everist, Advertising Director of the New Mexico Tourism Department, promotes local tourism via the Internet. Privacy advocates warn that on-line browsers can inadvertenly disclose personal information when they visit Web sites. (Photo Credit: Murrae Haynes, Associated Press)

Privacy advocates warn that many Websites try to collect personal information from on-line users, but few guarantee how that data will be used. They say the federal government should establish standards to protect privacy on-line. But Internet businesses and others contend that they can safeguard users' privacy without resorting to government interference. Law-enforcement agencies, meanwhile, favor government limitations on the use of sophisticated encryption technology, which makes on-line communications secure — even from the police. They fear that strong encryption software will aid criminals in hiding their activities. But privacy advocates argue that encryption technology assures companies and consumers that their on-line communications are not being tampered with.

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