PRIVACY ACTION NOW SOLVES FUTURE PROBLEMS
Robert O'Harrow Jr., The Washington Post January 2, 2000, SECTION: FINANCIAL; Pg. H01 TITLE: HORNING IN ON PRIVACY; As Databases Collect Personal Details Well Beyond Credit-Card Numbers, It's Time to Guard Yourself // acs-EE2001
Said Ari Schwartz, policy analyst at the Center for Democracy and Technology, another privacy-oriented group: "Individuals who take the necessary steps to protect their privacy now are getting a jump on the future."
WE MUST NOT REJECT PRIVACY PROTECTIONS BECAUSE THEY DON'T GO FAR ENOUGH
Rep. Bruce Vento, D-Minn., Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), November 4, 1999, SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 18A TITLE: Consumers deserve action on privacy now // acs-EE2001
Some have suggested that these major new privacy protections be jettisoned because they do not go far enough. To reject these unprecedented privacy protections would make the perfect the enemy of the good, resulting in business as usual with no protections for consumer privacy.
CURRENT REFORMULATION OF PRIVACY RIGHT IS ABOUT CONTROL OF INFORMATION
KATIE HAFNER The New York Times, November 11, 1999, SECTION: Section G; Page 1; TITLE: Do You Know Who's Watching You? Do You Care? // acs-EE2001
The idea of privacy as something entitled to legal protection was most famously expressed in 1890, when Samuel D. Warren and Louis D. Brandeis, writing in the Harvard Law Review, defined privacy as "the right to be let alone."
While Warren and Brandeis were more passive, appropriate for their era, the information age called for a new formulation. In 1967, Alan F. Westin, a privacy expert who is a professor emeritus of public law and government at Columbia University, gave the concept a more assertive thrust when he defined privacy in "Privacy and Freedom" (Atheneum) as the right of individuals to determine for themselves when, how and to what extent information about them is communicated to others.