Tech industry calls for privacy self-regulation

    Date30 Jan 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3652
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Bush administration and Congress should focus on better science and math education to boost high technology and leave privacy concerns to the companies involved, a technology trade group said in a report released Tuesday. The American Electronics Association, the largest . . . The Bush administration and Congress should focus on better science and math education to boost high technology and leave privacy concerns to the companies involved, a technology trade group said in a report released Tuesday. The American Electronics Association, the largest trade group of its kind, noted that recent U.S. economic growth has been due largely to the high-tech explosion.

    "The industry matters highly to the nation's continued prosperity and to the standard of living of millions of Americans," said association president William T. Archey, urging the government to pay attention to its wishes.

    Privacy advocates want to protect consumers with strong laws shielding personal medical and financial information from the wrong hands, and letting consumers change or remove their names and data about their Web surfing habits from vast marketing databases.

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