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 March 31, 2010  Govt, Online

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.

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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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