Despite some friction with regulators, Silicon Valley lobbied hard in Washington in 2012, and its fared fairly well. In the 2013, though, government scrutiny is likely to grow. And with this special scrutiny will come even greater efforts by the tech industry to press its case in the nation\'s capital and overseas.
In 2012, among other victories, the industry staved off calls for federal consumer privacy legislation and successfully pushed for a revamp of an obscure law that had placed strict privacy protections on Americans\' video rental records. It also helped achieve a stalemate on a proposed global effort to let Web users limit behavioral tracking online, using Do Not Track browser settings.