Regulate Government Data Collection While Avoiding Perscriptive Privacy Regulation

Regulate Government Data Collection While Avoiding Perscriptive Privacy Regulation

From Liberate to Stimulate: A Bipartisan Agenda to Restore Limited Government and Revive America's Economy
January 19, 2011

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There are two notable ironies in proposals by politicians and self-styled consumer advocates to protect consumer privacy by regulating businesses that handle sensitive personal data. First, the most egregious privacy violations are typically perpetrated not by firms, but by governments against their own citizens. Second, those violations of privacy that do result from business and consumer transactions are often facilitated by government.