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Differences Between Government and the Private Sector

One of the least recognized elements in the current privacy debates is the profound difference between governments and the private sector in how they come to privacy. The two have radically different incentives when they collect, use, and store personal information about consumers and citizens. They operate in entirely different legal regimes, as well.

Privacilla is organized to treat privacy from government and privacy from business and the private sector as the radically different subjects that they are. Please keep this difference in mind as you review Privacilla and think about privacy issues.


Keeping Big Brother From Watching You: Privacy in the Internet Age [pdf], Citizens Against Government Waste (undated)

New York Times Gets Half of the Privacy Pie by Jessica Melugin, Competitive Enterprise Institute (October 25, 2000)

A First Step Into Privacy: Finding a Free Market Perspective in the Constitution by Kent Lassman, Citizens for a Sound Economy (March 17, 2000)

Can You Trust the Ministry of Privacy? by Solveig Singleton, Cato Daily Commentary (August 25, 1998)

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