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Privacy poll results finds little support for government regulation of the Internet

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Sixty-four percent of online users say that the Internet industry can better protect consumer privacy online than can the government, according to results from the latest @plan Internet Poll. The poll found strong evidence that the majority of online users believe the Internet should be self-policed as a safeguard to privacy. This belief transcends political partisanship, with nearly 60% of registered Democrats and over 70% of registered Republicans saying that the Internet industry should regulate itself. In addition, most online users consider controlling how the information that Web sites collect about them a top priority. According to the third @plan Internet Poll, 93% of the U.S. adult Internet population say the information collected by some Web sites--including e-mail addresses, credit card numbers and shopping preferences--is at least somewhat of a potential threat to personal privacy. Controlling how that information is used was cited as a top priority for online users.

Copyright November 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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