Congress Drags its Feet as Privacy Advocates Call for Federal Regulations

The Federal Trade Commission warned Congress on the eve of the millennium that “technology has enhanced the capacity of online companies to collect, store, transfer, and analyze vast amounts of data from and about the consumers who visit their Web sites.” The 2000 report — released during the same year the Department of Defense decided to allow private use of GPS technology, more than a year ahead of the release of Apple’s first iPod, four years before the launch of Facebook, six years ahead of the Nintendo Wii, seven years prior to the first iPhone, and nine years in advance of Twitte

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