Resolved: That the United States federal government should significantly increase protection of privacy in the United States in one or more of the following areas:




Richard Rahn: End the "Bank anti-Secrecy" Assault on Financial Privacy

by Richard W. Rahn, May 8, 2000 (CEI On Point)

Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers recently announced plans to ask Congress to greatly expand the powers of the Treasury Department in order to combat money laundering......


Consumers' Financial Privacy Act

Testimony of Beth Givens, April 24, 2000 (Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)

[Assembly Banking and Finance Committee, Assembly Bill 1707, Assemblymember Sheila Kuehl]

The two most critically important provisions of this bill [AB 1707] are the disclosure requirement and the opt-in standard for the sharing of customer information with company affiliates and third parties. I will make five points this afternoon, regarding: change, fraud, privacy, consumer benefits, and business costs...


In The Eyes Of The Justice Department, Protecting Your Own Internet Privacy Is Cause For Alarm

by Clyde Wayne Crews, February 4, 2000 (CEI Hi-Tech Commentary)

When it comes to Internet privacy, the battle between snoopers and blockers may never end. Given the huge range of privacy demands and desires, we may ultimately require separate, parallel sets of root servers with different protocols and rules.....


The Hutchinson Privacy Commission Act: A Smart First Step

By Scott C. Rayder, June 5, 2000 (Heritage Executive Memo)

Concerns over online access to personal and private information have quickly moved the issue to the forefront of Internet-related activities in Congress. Representative Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) has introduced the Privacy Commission Act (H.R. 4049) specifically to create a Commission for the Comprehensive Study of Privacy Protection.


Watching You! Systematic Federal Surveillance of Ordinary Americans

by Charlotte Twight, Fall 1999 (Independent Review)

Journal article details the amazing degree that the federal government invades personal privacy. Twight, a professor of economics at Boise State University, begins with this chilling scenario...


Empowering Consumers on the Internet: How Privacy-Protecting Technologies Have Rendered Regulation Unnecessary

by Jessica Melugin, May 24, 2000 (CEI On Point)

The Federal Trade Commission's latest online privacy report, released earlier this week, calls for federal regulation of the way Internet companies collect information.


The Privacy Chimera

by Ananda Gupta, May 1, 1999

Next month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans to wonder about the nature and tendencies of the global electronic marketplace. E-commerce exploded in the past two years as the number of American adults regularly.....


Bashful Browsers

by Jacob Sullum, May 24, 2000 (Reason Online)

Claiming that privacy concerns are retarding the growth of online commerce, the Federal Trade Commission says there ought to be a law governing the use of information obtained from Web site visitors.


How Privacy Regulation Will Chill Commerce

by Solveig Singleton, December 13, 1999 (Cato Commentary)

Will privacy become the regulatory boot in the door of the Internet? New ways of collecting information about consumer transactions sometimes worry consumers. But business is changing to offer consumers reassurance about privacy.


Privacy reform could help online ad firms

February 11, 2000 (Forbes article)

The online advertising industry is fighting to stop politicians from regulating privacy on the Internet. It may be doing itself a disservice.


Comment On Consumer Privacy And The Internet

March 26, 1999 (CEI Press Release)

Washington, D.C., March 26, 1999 - In comments filed with the Federal Trade Commission today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute argued that the commission should resist calls for increased government oversight of electronic commerce......


Privacy: Regulating Data in the Private Sector

Listing of Cato Institute studies that analyze proposals to regulate private businesses' use of information about their consumers, assessing their economic impact on small business and consumers, their first amendment implications, and more.





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