Re-evaluating online privacy

Researchers are working on technologies that could overhaul the way we think about online privacy. Most Web users ignore the passive privacy notices served up by the sites they visit, so computer scientists are developing software that would watch over users’ shoulders and remind them of possible consequences each time they disclose private information. Preserving online privacy may require additional regulations, Steve Lohr notes, though some experts are wary that such an approach could be taken too far. “Getting this balance right is critical to the future of the Web, to foster innovation and economic growth,” says one online-privacy expert.  New York Times (free registration), The


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