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A recent Reuters article outlines an alarming business as usual cycle where companies illegally collect, market and share private user data without their knowledge, then when discovered get reprimanded by Congress, followed by their apologies and promises to do better; then the cycle repeats.   Unfortunately, there is very little U.S. legislation to limit these unethical practices.

Proponents of the practice point out that users are willing to sacrifice privacy for personalized information, such as nearby restaurants recommended by friends, or what books or music your friends recommend.  This prompts me to ask:

  1. How concerning is this trend to you: a major concern, of some concern, or not concerning at all?
  2. Should Congress enact strict legislation and enforce strict prosecution of companies that violate privacy policies?
  3. Would you exchange privacy for personalized content on social networks and other web services?