About Privacy: Protecting the Consumer on the Global Information Infrastructure

Debra Valentine
1 YALE SYMP. L. & TECH. art. no. 4

Cynics might suggest that seeking privacy in a cyberspace world has all the promise of looking for a unicorn in a forest. I disagree. Unlike the situation with unicorns, privacy is not a “yes or no” proposition, but instead exists on a spectrum, and you can preserve it to a greater or lesser degree. In my view, the FTC’s law enforcement, self-regulatory, and legislative activities have increased privacy protections for consumers, with great benefits for them and little cost to businesses.