Internet regulation is lagging behind the development of the Internet itself. Within about two decades of wide public use, the web has accumulated a huge amount of personal data, and it may seem surprising that only in 2010 is this idea beginning to take legislative roots. Will the new legislation, if adopted, stop the web from sprawling over and appropriating public lives? Perhaps, we shall then be back to a modern, Habermasian understanding of the public and private spheres?
Or, perhaps, not just yet.