Privacy was one of the key policy issues discussed at the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum held in Lithuania this week. Larry Magid writes in The Mercury News on the event's panel on the future of privacy, the "right to be forgotten" and the discussion of whether personal information should have an expiration date. The report also looks at what Magid describes as the dichotomy in U.S. law that assigns a higher level of privacy protection to data stored on a home or office computer than to data stored on any type of Internet-based system such as Web mail. "The 'cloud' is, for all practical purposes, an extension of your desktop computer," he writes, "so providing the government with easier access to cloud data than data stored on personal hard drives makes no sense."
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