On the surface, the actions of German data protection regulators don't seem to reflect the sentiment of consumers in that country, where Facebook and Google--two companies under investigation by data protection regulators there--are popular, The New York Times reports. "I think many people in Germany...do not have as many problems with data protection as the regulators are making out," said a 21-year-old college student. But experts say that while the dichotomy is unlikely to lead to a loosening of the country's strict privacy rules, lowering barriers for online marketing could help encourage economic growth. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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