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Committee Explores EU Regulatory Approach

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 16, 2011

Witnesses at a House subcommittee hearing yesterday offered differing perspectives on the need for a broad-based privacy law in the U.S. A Commerce Department official said baseline privacy protections "would help the competitiveness of our businesses," while others warned about the burdens such a law could pose. During the "Internet Privacy: The Impact and Burden of EU Regulation" hearing, which also served to help the committee understand more about the European approach to privacy regulation, Peter Swire, CIPP, law professor and Center for American Progress fellow, cautioned that a "'we don't care about privacy'" attitude from the United States creates major risks for U.S. jobs, exports and businesses. 
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