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In a column for Slate, UC-Berkeley Prof. Chris Jay Hoofnagle notes, “A revolution is afoot in privacy regulation” and “an assortment of whitepapers and articles, business leaders—including Microsoft—and scholars argue that instead of regulating privacy through limiting the collection of data, we should focus on how the information is used.” Hoofnagle writes that “this seemingly obscure issue”—use regulation—“has tremendous implications for civil liberties and our society,” adding, “Ultimately, it can help determine how much power companies and governments have.” He also argues, “Bans on data collection are powerful tools to prevent institutions from using certain knowledge in their decision-making.” Editor’s Note: Microsoft and regulators addressed this issue at the recent IAPP Data Protection Intensive.
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