Barack Obama's Privacy Challenge

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Chris Hoofnagle, a privacy law expert at UC Berkeley School of Law, suggests that whatever the Obama campaign does with supporters' information, it should make its actions transparent to those supporters.

"Remember that individuals consider their privacy as being invaded when the context of the information sharing is unexpected or uncomfortable, even when data is in the public domain, or when they have shared it voluntarily," he says. "If President Obama wants to share the data with another candidate, I would suggest that the first message have President Obama introducing the candidate, so that individuals see the path of data to the new candidate."