This post is part of "CDT Fellows Focus," a series that presents the views of notable experts on tech policy issues. This week, CDT Fellow Omer Tene is our guest contributor. Posts featured in "CDT Fellows Focus" don't necessarily reflect the views of CDT; the goal of the series is to present diverse, well-informed views on significant tech policy issues.
One of the most alarming lessons of the News of the World (NoW) phone hacking scandal applies to social networking services (SNS). Consider the fact that until a few weeks ago, one of the properties in Rupert Murdoch’s media portfolio was MySpace, the most popular SNS in the United States until 2008. It is disconcerting to think that control over such a treasure trove of personal information rested with a corporate group harboring the ethics and practices of NoW.
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