While researching international online privacy issues for a client today, I happened across the Center for Democracy & Technology‘s fairly comprehensive Guide to Online Privacy. I initially came across it while looking for any updates to the U.S. Commerce Department’s ‘Safe Harbor’ consumer privacy agreement with the European Union. The CDT site had no such updates but contains a wealth of hyperlinks to information about the ‘Safe Harbor’ treaty, about P3P, wireless device location privacy, and other online privacy issues.
Many of my conservative friends in the publishing industry might carp at the CDT’s liberal tone, but I believe that online businesses have to be actively pro-privacy to profit. For example, eMarketer today reports that concerns about online privacy was the reason why 82% of US consumers online refused to give information to a Web site