Declan McCullagh reports:
When Barack Obama was campaigning for the presidency in 2008, he promised (PDF) that as president, he would “strengthen privacy protections for the digital age.”
Whether his administration supports a new privacy proposal released by a coalition including Google, eBay, Microsoft, AT&T, the ACLU, and Americans for Tax Reform will put Obama’s two-year old pledge to the test.
Perhaps the closest parallel is the political trench warfare over encryption regulations in the 1990s, during which the FBI successfully blocked attempts to reform the Cold War-era law that were supported by a similarly broad coalition of consumer groups and technology companies.
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