The UK appears to be buckling under the relentless strain of the heavy media coverage of consumer privacy these days. From super-injuncted kiss and tell stories and phone hacking scandals to Facebook's bizzare idea's on acceptable use of consumer data. Lawyers will continue to argue the toss, especially whilst it remains grey and therefore lucrative for them to do so. Watch this space as the Government prepares new legislation.
Taking the less newsworthy Online Lead Gen. (OLG) industry into view and you could have the equivalent of two cruise missiles hurtling towards each other. OLG is a whole advertising channel based on collecting and passing on consumer data for the purpose of marketing. Some would say this puts the industry light years ahead of most advertising sectors as we've been having to deal with privacy issues from year dot. The less confident might feel more like they're carrying around unexploded timebombs in their business models.
Either way - should judgement day come, we should all ensure we continue to treat consumers with the utmost respect and privacy in regards the law and in general get our houses in order. Otherwise, we risk this booming OLG industry blowing up in our faces.