Hustinx, Leibowitz Discuss Approaches to Consumer Privacy
PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.March 11, 2011
The National Journal reports on comments by EU Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Jon Leibowitz at this week's IAPP Global Privacy Summit and whether common ground on privacy protection exists on both sides of the Atlantic. In light of the European Commission's work on revising its Data Protection Directive and the FTC's December report on protecting consumer privacy online, Leibowitz said, "I see more convergence than divergence." Hustinx, who said he was pleased to see the FTC's recognition that "status quo in the U.S. is not satisfactory," responded to a question about whether a federal privacy law could help the U.S. meet the EU's adequacy standard, stating, the "trend is moving in the right direction" but "whether this is adequate in a technical sense may not be so decisive."