Should internet privacy laws be stricter?

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Internet advertising has grown from simple cookie tracking to behaviorally targeted ad intelligence. With more tracking of user's information, should there be stricter privacy laws that protect the consumer? Or will these laws hinder free speech and conflict with the rights of internet businesses? To what extent should consumers be knowledgeable and responsible for themselves?


Arguments For

Yes, internet privacy laws need to be stricter

Data is often collected by a website even before they agree to the terms and conditions. Many times, this data is difficult or impossible to have removed.

Arguments Against

No, internet privacy laws do NOT need to be stricter

Safe-browsing mechanisms exist with most popular browsers. Cookie-less, anonymous browsing is completely possible. Even a relatively knowledgeable user would be able to enable the protection, if desired, so limit the amount of data that any website can collect.


 1  Congress weighs landmark change in Web ad privacy Sept 7, 2009 Tessler, Joelle (Yahoo! Tech)
 2  Anonymized data really isn't - and here's why not Sept 8, 2009 Anderson, Nate (Ars Tecnica)

User Comments & Opinion


0 Voted Yes

2 Voted No

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I think there needs to be some level of disclaimer before any data is collected. Some of these "after-the-fact" data collection in the fine-print is hardly any kind of protection.

But at the same time, it is fairly easy to disable cookies and use anonymous browsing. I don't know if that's enough. Most data given on the internet is voluntary. The user should be able to make their own decisions about the credibility of any website and the terms of the website. I have to vote No on increased laws and regulations on the internet. - thorie (twitter) vote up image vote down image 0
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No, users permission is almost always asked for or the user is notified that thier information is being stored. With the internet storing things about you such as what pages you most likely visit and what you are interested in allow for fast and more 'taylor-made' searches giving the individual a much happpier experiance on the web. Cookies can be disabled and anonymous browsing can be enabled on most modern browsers. So it is up to the user to protect themselves from the people who missuse their information. - _fraz_ (twitter) vote up image vote down image 0
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