The Electronic Privacy Information Center said a check of the 100 busiest Web sites revealed that only 17 disclosed privacy protection practices. Disclosure is required under self-regulatory codes adopted by the Direct Marketing Association and others. EPIC said that, despite the lack of privacy statements, few of the sites required users to identify themselves in order to get access to information. EPIC disclosed its findings as the Federal Trade Commission prepared to open hearings on privacy and the Internet.
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