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Privacy on the Internet is controversial due to its unique features, where online information about people travels further and faster and remains publicly available, even against their will, maximizing the possible harm to their privacy. The earliest U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Internet, Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, noted in 1997 that the Internet is a place where information can be made available to all other Internet users worldwide at once. This means that exchange on the Internet always has the danger of privacy infringement. At the same time, the Internet’s power of facilitating an otherwise powerless speaker to reach large audiences deserves the highest protection from government intrusion.

South Korea’s highest court said in 2012 that the Internet allows people to overcome the ...

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