When you browse online privacy and identity protection resources published on the Internet you’ll find a variety of points of view. Due to the global openness of the Internet and the privacy protections guaranteed by the US First and Fourth Amendments almost anything goes regarding what is and what isn’t capable of protection as long as existing laws are not being broken. A recent attempt at requiring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide Parental Controls in Europe was met with staunch opposition from some quarters. Obviously many online commercial entities could be threatened seriously by such actions. Other hardware and software vendors and content providers also choose to keep a low profile in public discussion of the privacy topic, save requirements that are mandated by consumer law in the US, the European Union, and other countries.
Most of the usual media outlets in print and online contain a variety of current popular discussions about privacy. However, the privacy landscape is changing at breakneck speed and consumers know that they must arm themselves with a combination of trustworthy information and effective tools to actively protect themselves. Internet blogging and social media reflect popular opinion and limited concern about potential “controls” or legislation. But those opinions are now being challenged by global cyber attacks, media threats, and service interruptions which have brought the topics into international focus.