20 gennaio 2010

Privacy Compliance is Optional


NYT today reports that Bing (Microsoft) declared that it would comply with privacy regulation.

Irrespective of any comments on MS's statement, I believe it is interesting how public opinion has become used to privacy NON-compliance.  Insomuch that the news is the statement of compliance.

NYT also notices: “Google and other engines are starting to realize that consumers around the world are placing an increasing value on privacy and that can have business consequences.”

It seems that privacy regulation is considered rather an inconvenient hassle to deal with just to improve corporate reputation before customers.  I wonder what happened to that old principle AKA Rule of Law...

Then I wonder,  is the current situation due to a very cumbersome and barely inapplicable regulation? Or it is rather due to insufficient enforcement mechanism?  Or both?

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