Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Should the FTC Regulate Internet Privacy?

April 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Bill Erxleben

Among industrialized countries, the United States has by default opted out of enacting a basic consumer privacy law. 

The advertising that permeates the web is designed to extract large amounts of your personal information. Without a fair amount of planning and technical expertise, it is virtually impossible for an average consumer to escape unwanted disgorgement of their personal information, especially with free services such as Facebook and Google. As Apple’s Tim Cook said, “If the service is free, you are not the customer, but the product.” The deck is stacked against consumers.

According to The New York Times, “The average person would have to...

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