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Online Privacy Increasing, Study Says

April 01, 2002|Reuters

Commercial Web sites are gradually collecting less personal data from visitors and giving them more control over how that information is used, according to a new study.

Online privacy protection among the 100 most popular Web sites has grown steadily but not significantly since the Federal Trade Commission last examined the issue in May 2000, a conservative think tank said.

Top sites such as Weather.com and Dogpile.com are now less likely to demand names, telephone numbers or other personal information and are more likely to let visitors stop them from passing that information on to other companies, according to the Progress & Freedom Foundation, which studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy.

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