The Internet is a unique and wholly new medium of worldwide human communication. This pronouncement of the United States Supreme Court echoes what most of the American population has known for some time. The emergence of cyberspace has dramatically changed the nature of electronic communications, and consumers are conducting online transactions at a tremendous pace. While this revolution has obviously increased the amount and types of information available to American consumers, it has also achieved a different result: businesses now have access to an unprecedented amount of personal information. In turn, there exists a danger that this information will be used by the businesses in a way that abuses the consumer. This Note will address the current state of the law regarding privacy of consumers' personal information, its inadequacies, and the reasons why the United States should adopt a statutory framework to regulate the use of personal information collected by businesses.
R. Craig Tolliver,
Filling the Black Hole in Cyberspace: Legal Protections for Online Privacy,
1 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
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