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BBC News reports on the U.S. Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) statement that companies seeking to make use of the personal information people share online should pay for it. "The mining of personal data is here to stay," said Sean Murphy of the CEA, noting, "Privacy is only going to continue to get increased attention in the years and months to come." With privacy topping the CEA's list of technology trends to watch for in the year ahead, advocates suggest the key is for consumers to be "fully informed, have control of their data and choose to opt in to some sort of scheme that offers payments" for sharing their personal information. Editor's note: For more on the view of personal data as a commodity, read "Valuing, protecting and commoditizing your personal information: Is 'data banking' the answer?" from the June issue of Inside 1to1: Privacy.
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