By Brian Lynch

Recent data breaches may spark the new Congress to increase privacy protection for Internet users. U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) has indicated Internet privacy would be a priority in an effort to increase the prosperity of the online economy. The Federal Trade Commission has investigated several cases of mishandled data and is expected to release recommendations for new privacy laws and guidance for web companies.

Last week Google was let off the hook by the FTC for privacy violations after collecting unsecured wireless data while conducting its Street View project. This week the UK also played nice with Google after a similar violation but not everyone in Britain would like to see Google get off so easy.

More information on online privacy can be found at the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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