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CES 2013: Mobility gurus acknowledge privacy concerns, but worry about the impact of legislation

Jon Gold | Jan. 8, 2013
There is a growing discontent over digital privacy issues, but legislation would have a chilling effect on the development of new apps and ecosystems. That was the conclusion of a panel entitled "The Smartphone-Tablet Economy: Apps, Devices, Commerce and the Consumer Obsession" today at CES.

"The scenario that we ... fear [will] happen in the next 12 to 18 months is that there will be legislation that will prohibit us from actually doing things with the data that we would want to get done ... just because there's a few bad players out there," he said.

While the panel seemed generally opposed to the idea of legislation on online privacy issues, most acknowledged that the problems are real.

"I think consumers maybe feel like there is a very significant level of encroachment on their privacy to the benefit of these large companies," Chen said.

Shapiro agreed, saying that "companies do themselves a pretty big disservice by making all their privacy policy changes in 30-page legalese."


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