CONSERVATIVE GROUP WARNS AGAINST PRIVACY REGULATIONS

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(July 30, 2001) -- The Progress and Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank with close ties to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris, today unveiled a privacy study that suggested the need for increased regulation has yet to be proved.

There is "no evidence of consumer harm or market failure associated with commercial use of marketing and related information," said the study, which warned that even requiring privacy notices would "impede the development of potential new uses of the Internet."

Mr. Muris was a fellow of the foundation before being appointed FTC chairman. -- Ira Teinowitz

Copyright July 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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