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Should the U.S. Follow Europe's Lead?

PRIVACY—EU & U.S.

July 14, 2011

An InformationWeek report examines whether the U.S. should follow the EU's lead when it comes to creating privacy law. Although the EU's protections are stronger than U.S. regulations now, "it's where the rubber meets the road that makes a difference," says Hogan Lovells' Christopher Wolf. In the U.S., "We have a lot more enforcement against violations of the various laws," he said, creating vigilant regimes. Omer Tene of Israel's College of Management School of Law says the expectations of privacy are different in Europe and the U.S. In Europe, he says, governments generally regulate privacy, while the U.S. is concerned with government intrusion.
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