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Chapter 2. WHAT IS PRIVACY IN A DIGITAL ... > Fair Information Practices Protect Y...

Fair Information Practices Protect Your Rights

Combining all these nuances together and attempting to form a legal and regulatory framework around the right to privacy is not easy. However, the legal experts and the privacy advocates have been able to work out the definition of fair information practices. These are the ways in which information is gathered and handled so that you have the chance to say what happens to data about you.

Law in some countries, such as in Europe and Canada defines fair information practices. Canada's new Federal law, for example, gives consumers explicit rights in choice, access, and challenges to inaccurate information, although the law is applied differently in the various provinces. In other countries, like in the United States, fair information practices generally are defined by administrative regulation, and companies comply with them voluntarily. The United States Federal Trade commission is the regulatory body that defines fair information practices in the commercial setting. The FTC, however, has no power over Securities regulation or health practices. (In the case of children's information, actual law regulates fair practices.)


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