Consumer Choice Can Be "a Problem"

FTC Chairman Timothy J. Muris talks about spam, privacy, and why enforcing existing laws is better than passing new ones

Privacy advocates had high hopes that President George W. Bush would champion their cause. During the 2000 campaign, candidate Bush boasted in an interview with BusinessWeek that he was a "privacy-rights person." When it came to online privacy, he said, "customers should be allowed to opt in [to sharing information]. The company has got to ask permission." (See BW, 5/29/00, "How George W. Bush Would Steer the Economy.")

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