Banks are trying to spin consumer privacy as a matter of customer relations, and though consumers are buying in to the banks' rationale, lawmakers are not, according to Charles Nesson, a Harvard Law School professor and the director of its Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

In addition to addressing Internet ethical and policy issues such as public access and jurisdiction in cyberspace, Prof. Nesson has recently taken up the issue of privacy. He raises the possibility of the construction of a surveillance network that could easily capture the minutiae of people's lives.

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