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IP: USATODAY: Are Web Privacy policies "fraudulent?"
From: Dave Farber <farber () cis upenn edu>
Date: Tue, 02 May 2000 14:02:04 -0700

From: "Rodger, William" <wrodger () usatoday com>
To: "'dfarber () fcc gov'" <dfarber () fcc gov>


Privacy isn't public knowledge

Online policies spread confusion with legal jargon

By Will Rodger, USATODAY.com

Most major Web sites now have privacy policies explaining how they collect
and use personal information gathered from visitors. The government has long
pushed for such policies, and companies hope that if sites post them
voluntarily, Congress won't step in and pass restrictive privacy laws.

Few argue with the importance of disclosure. But do big Web sites want you
to understand what they tell you? Maybe not, suggests an analysis by an
independent expert for USA TODAY of the privacy policies of 10 major

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