July 9, 2008 6:07 PM

FTC says it won't intervene to protect Internet user privacy

At issue is what privacy rights consumers have when data-mining companies use their Web browsing patterns to target them for ads. It's a gold mine for online advertising and Internet marketing, but consumer and e-privacy groups say it's intrusive. "Self-regulation may be the preferable approach for this dynamic marketplace," Lydia Parnes, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said.

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