October 26, 2000

On privacy, one size doesn't fit all

Author: JT Smith

"What's the thorniest public policy issue when it comes to the Internet? I would call it a tie between intellectual property and privacy. Napster and other peer-to-peer devices will almost certainly require a new patent and copyright regime. Government has to play some kind of role in enforcing rules to stop people from stealing other people's property -- intellectual or otherwise. Privacy is a different matter. I recently moderated a panel discussion on the subject in Austin, sponsored by Dell and the Online Privacy Alliance. The consensus was that government should have a limited role in policing privacy." -Kelly McNeill

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