posted Apr 22, 2001

Industry Wants to Opt Out of “Opt-In” Privacy from Companies4/22/2001; 1:37:29 PM An extremely level-headed and well-written article about opt-in versus opt-out.'Ultimately, however, the scales are likely to be tipped not by economic arguments, but by structural ones about the nature of privacy. Under a regime of “opt-out” over-disclosure, it will take a longer time before the market manages to reach equilibrium, ... A regime of “opt-in” under-disclosure, on the other hand, will bring market forces swiftly to bear to bring about a “correct” equilibrium.'I like this logic. It also allows for a middle ground between opt-in and opt-out, which is, as usual, where we will most likely end up.


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