Confessions of a Consumer Privacy Ombudsman

Cassandra M. Porter

©2017. Published in Landslide, Vol. 9, No. 6, July/August 2017, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

First confession: despite earning a privacy credential and spending my days reviewing data privacy clauses, when a website asks for my consent to its privacy policy, I click “agree” and move on.1 Frankly, what’s the point otherwise? I live in the United States, and if I want to use a company’s site, the “price of admission” is my consent.

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