Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


The advent of interactive cable television will enable subscribers to avail themselves of various services, including catalog shopping and electronic funds transfers, within their own homes. The author is concerned that this increased convenience may be outweighed by the potential threat to privacy. The system can compile detailed information about subscribers that will be easily accessible to government authorities. The author discusses the inadequacy of present laws to protect the consumer and proposes a Model Act that would establish standards to uphold the privacy of subscribers.