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In an exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, George Washington University Prof. Amitai Etzioni discusses “privacy merchants,” companies whose main business it is to track Internet users and keep detailed accounts on them. While laws regulate access to certain data sets, such as medical and financial records, one can easily use “privacy violating triangulation” to piece together such information in a roundabout way, Etzioni writes. He adds that laws to ban such a practice, while seemingly unlikely due to anti-regulatory and pro-business climates in the U.S., would “serve as part of a system that would shore up privacy to a reasonable level in the future.”  (IAPP member login required for access.)
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