In my role as President of the Safe Internet Alliance (safeinternet.org) was recently asked to respond to a question posed by Lora Bentley of whether consumers had any privacy left for an article in ITBusinessEdge. Here’s what was published on their site, below you can see my full response.
I recommend reviewing the comments by the other 19 respondents; there are a wide spectrum of answers.
The health of online privacy today is fundamentally split between the ultra-wealthy who can afford to guard their privacy – and who therefore enjoy a fairly healthy level of privacy, and the average consumer for whom privacy is on life-support.
The Alliance also provides position papers and comments to the FCC and FTC on the need to encourage innovation in building safer online products that respect consumer’s online experience and information, and is currently working with industry groups to define an Internet Users privacy and safety Bill of Rights.
If you are concerned about your privacy, I also recommend How Far is Too Far? When Companies Track Your Online Use, and Your Internet Safety and Privacy Bill of Rights.