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Int'l Companies Must Navigate Patchwork Laws

SOCIAL NETWORKING

July 14, 2010

CNET News reports on the complications companies face in complying with data protection and privacy laws across national borders. The operational reality of platforms such as Facebook, for example, "is challenged to the breaking point by the patchwork of privacy laws in different countries," said Paul Bond, a data protection attorney with Reed Smith. However, changing privacy policies to comply with various jurisdictional laws can create more problems than solutions for users, according to attorney Francoise Gilbert of IT Law Group. "What all of these people are asking is that it be more simple, more understandable, so it should not be more complex. If it's more complex, then everybody has lost."
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