How the Government Fails to Protect Your Digital Rights

A couple of the world's biggest and most powerful corporations are tracking our every move and sharing it with whomever wants it. Then there's the whole data-mining business, a multibillion dollar industry responsible for that Zappos ad that follows you everywhere. And, gosh, it seems like some group of hackers brings down a video game network or breaks into a bank's database leaking everybody's personal information every week. In fact, one hacker groups promised today that they would conduct a major online security breach every Monday.

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Everybody knows that government bureaucracy is confusing and sometimes slow-moving. However, it's worth pointing out that the internet and hackers have been around for a long time. Digital rights are also not a new problem. In fact, nonprofits like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Berkman Center have been defending digital rights for decades. Maybe the FTC will get around to creating a useful portal to understand digital rights one day, but in the meantime, better read the fine print. ...

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