Online privacy battle brings gains, setbacks

San Francisco 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.

Paul Schwartz, faculty director for the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, noted that the broad technological trends of the day, in and of themselves, raise "all kinds of data security and privacy issues."

The mere fact that more and more people are using social networks, smart phones, cloud computing, location-aware apps and mobile commerce means there are increasingly large troves of rich, personal data. These whet the appetites of businesses and hackers alike, and raise a host of complicated legal questions, he said. 1/27/2012