Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), wrote a letter to the New York Times on April 9 discussing Internet privacy issues in a response to an editorial published the same day, called “Dial-Up Law in a Broadband World.”
Rotenberg says the United States must update laws surrounding electronic privacy, mostly due to dramatic changes in technology over the past 25 years. Likewise, he says businesses must alter their practices to comply with these developments. He sites the example of online advertisers that now rely on detailed profiles of Internet users to discreetly track and target consumers. Rotenberg writes:
“Congress should ensure that users have meaningful control over their personal information. Privacy policies are not enough. Users should have the right to examine what companies actually no about them and how it affects them.”
Rotenberg’s letter foreshadows the themes he will discuss as chair of The Future of Privacy and the Web session at the upcoming FutureWeb 2010 Conference in Raleigh, N.C.
By Ashley Dischinger