Tom Smedinghoff, an intellectual property partner in Edwards Wildman's
Chicago office, discussed how revelations that the US government has been mining web communications and phone logs could push online privacy legislation through Congress in Crain's New York Business and Ad Age. In the articles, "Surveillance Scandal Could Propel Privacy Laws
" and "Prism Could Be a Watershed Moment for Online Privacy Legislation
," Smedinghoff said, "I think it may put more pressure on the ad industry in terms of this whole behavioral targeting issue. I certainly don't think it's going to help the ad industry."