The Role of Self-Regulation of Privacy and the Internet

For several years now, Internet users have ranked privacy as the issue that concerns them the most. This paper traces the development of privacy rights on the web with emphasis on the USA and EU.

The Role of Self-Regulation of Privacy and the Internet

Peng Hwa Ang Nanyang Technological University


There is no doubt: privacy concerns are a significant issue that is making users and potential users think twice about using the Internet for transactions. Study after study has borne this out. (For a fairly up-to-date list of surveys, see the Privacy sub-directory of NUA Internet Surveys under and the Trust-e's How Does Online Privacy Impact Your Bottom Line? available at A poll conducted in 1998 among those who were not likely to access the Net privacy concerns outranked...

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