Websites shut down and merge frequently, writes Cecilia Kang for The Washington Post, and "In many cases, the data that people have entrusted to such sites exist in a cyber limbo, and users' rights are unclear." Because of the lack of standard privacy rules for websites, customers may come across many different practices and some have voiced a feeling of futility when trying to maintain all their online data; "At some point you just have to surrender control," said one Internet user. The Federal Trade Commission's assistant director of privacy and identity protection said more issues surrounding data handling are requiring its attention. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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