VOLUNTARY PRIVACY POLICIES ARE A FAILURE
VOLUNTARY PRIVACY PLEDGES BY COMPANIES WERE NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH ON
USA TODAY, June 25, 1999, SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 14A TITLE: More privacy, please // acs-VT2001
Last year, in an effort to head off federal rules, some of the biggest Internet companies vowed to pursue a voluntary privacy plan vigorously. They didn't deliver. A Georgetown University study found that a third of the top sites didn't post privacy policies. And even those posting policies frequently exposed customers' names, purchases and even credit card numbers to others.
INTERNET BUSINESS PRIVACY PROCEDURES SHOW THEIR HYPOCRISY ON THE PRIVACY ISSUE
CHARLES PILLER, Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2000, SECTION: Business; Part C; Page 1; TITLE: WEB FIRMS HAVE SORRY RECORD ON PUBLIC'S PRIVACY // acs-VT2001
Internet businesses love nothing more than self-regulation. They just want to be left alone, free from government meddling, to serve their shareholders and the public interest by building the new economy. But no issue demonstrates their hypocrisy better than how they handle the issue of privacy.
John J. Fried, The Ottawa Citizen, March 20, 2000, SECTION: High Tech Report; D3 TITLE: Privacy protection becoming a priority: A ubiquitous Internet threatens to snag more personal information // acs-VT2001
Some privacy advocates worry that privacy policies, no matter how well-intentioned or widely used, will not help surfers.
Few Web visitors, the doubters say, will make their way through three-page, single- spaced posted documents larded with sometimes arcane terminology such as ''clickstream.''
(Clickstreaming is the technology that allows a Web site to track the paths that surfers take as they look at ads and at the site's pages, and as they use links to other sites.)