FTC Wages High-Stakes Privacy Gamble
John Markoff N. Y. Times News Service, THE JOURNAL RECORD
In agreeing to let private information brokers and credit reporting companies be governed by voluntary privacy protection guidelines, the Federal Trade Commission is betting that companies that maintain vast computerized dossiers on people and businesses can police themselves in the face of ever more powerful information technologies.
Many civil libertarians insist the FTC's bet is a high-stakes gamble with the privacy rights of all Americans.