Commentary: Deeper lines drawn on data privacy

Houston Chronicle


As we approach this year's Data Privacy Day, some experts believe we've begun to see real momentum in the field, as consumers become more conscious of the issues and regulators beef up enforcement.

The mere fact that more people are using social networks, smartphones, cloud computing, location aware apps and mobile commerce means there are increasingly large troves of personal data. These whet the appetites of businesses and hackers alike, and raise complicated legal questions, said Paul Schwartz, faculty director for the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

In April, researchers announced at a San Francisco conference that Apple iPhones and 3G iPads carried a hidden file that stored a user's rough location at specific times.