Online privacy is a conundrum that public officials, privacy advocates, and tech companies are all trying to solve. The issue has become so tangled that few even pretend to have an answer for all its complexities. But with the recent Senate introduction of a location-privacy bill, the government's taking a stab at it. Is it the right approach?
"I'm smack in the middle of all of this, and it's hard to imagine legislation right now that we would know how to implement, or know what to do with," says Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation.
Facebook's privacy czar argues that Facebook is trying to stop underage users from taking advantage of the site. "There are people who lie. There are people who are under 13 [accessing Facebook]," he said. "Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage."
Yesterday, the fate of Minnesota's Senate seat, undecided since the November election, was finally decided; the margin, out of 2.9 million votes cast, all of 312. Congratulations to Senator Al Franken.