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August 14, 1998 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a groundbreaking case that strikes at the heart of consumers' growing fears about online privacy, GeoCities settled government charges Thursday that it collected personal information about its customers, including children, then sold the data to marketers in violation of its own stated privacy policies. The case marks the first time government regulators have formally accused any site on the Internet, let alone one as popular as GeoCities with its 2 million members, of such deception.
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August 14, 1998 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a groundbreaking case that strikes at the heart of consumers' growing fears about online privacy, GeoCities settled government charges Thursday that it collected personal information about its customers, including children, then sold the data to marketers in violation of its own stated privacy policies. The case marks the first time government regulators have formally accused any site on the Internet, let alone one as popular as GeoCities with its 2 million members, of such deception.
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BUSINESS
June 20, 1998 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unprecedented roster of online business giants, including America Online Inc., IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp., is expected to unveil on Monday an extensive plan for protecting consumers' privacy on the Internet. The proposal, which comes on the heels of a Federal Trade Commission report finding widespread problems with online privacy protections, seeks to set guidelines for handling personal information increasingly culled from consumers over the Net.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1998 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unprecedented roster of online business giants, including America Online Inc., IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp., is expected to unveil on Monday an extensive plan for protecting consumers' privacy on the Internet. The proposal, which comes on the heels of a Federal Trade Commission report finding widespread problems with online privacy protections, seeks to set guidelines for handling personal information increasingly culled from consumers over the Net.
BUSINESS
July 22, 1998 | From Reuters
Federal regulators and lawmakers from both parties on Tuesday warned companies doing business on the Internet to better protect the privacy of consumers soon or face new regulation. With surveys showing many Web sites collecting personal data about Internet surfers without revealing how the information will be used, momentum has grown to reject the Clinton administration's reliance on voluntary industry standards.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to kick-start efforts to pass privacy reforms this year, a coalition of consumer organizations, labor unions and civil-rights groups will announce today that they have joined forces to lobby Congress for tougher protections on the collection and use of personal information. "We're loading up and getting ready for a fight," said Ed Mierzwinski, program director at U.S. Public Interest Research Group, one of the 15 organizations that now form the Privacy Coalition.
NEWS
March 22, 2001 | Dave Wilson
The folks who bring you such e-mail favorites as "QUIT YOUR JOB TOMORROW" and "LOSE WEIGHT NOW" have suddenly noticed that lawmakers nationwide are considering new rules to protect privacy on the Internet. So Internet-related businesses have launched a frantic lobbying campaign to derail the train before it builds up a head of steam.
BUSINESS
November 8, 1999 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to privacy concerns about technology that enables Internet advertisers to track consumers' Web surfing and shopping habits, the government is scheduled to hold a workshop today on a data-gathering practice known as "profiling."
NEWS
March 4, 2000 | JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In some of his most forceful comments on Internet privacy to date, President Clinton on Friday urged companies doing business on the World Wide Web to adopt stronger policies on protecting user information and then adhere to them. Clinton has been speaking out more on the issue in recent weeks, and he used a trip to Silicon Valley to warn that ordinary Americans are becoming alarmed about the electronic spread of personal information. "People are worried about this.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The business of privacy is booming. Not since Y2K has an issue spawned such a cottage industry of consultants, accountants, public relations experts and law firms, all hoping to cash in on the growing corporate angst over privacy. Among the Big Five accounting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche have launched specialized units that sell comprehensive privacy audits to Fortune 500 companies for $50,000 to $150,000 each. At Ernst & Young, privacy-related business tripled last year.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1999 | LAWRENCE J. MAGID
When protecting kids from online predators, you shouldn't worry only about pedophiles, pornographers, creeps and criminals. You also need to protect children against legitimate businesses that are out to invade kids' privacy. One way they do this is by getting them to disclose information that might be used to manipulate them in the marketplace.
NEWS
May 13, 1999 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the Internet's reputation as privacy's gravest modern threat, consumers are increasingly finding more safeguards on the Net than off. A study released Wednesday offers new evidence of this trend, showing a sharp rise in the number of Web sites that post policies telling people what information is collected from them and how it is used.
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