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Opinion: The Case for American-Style Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S. & EU

April 17, 2012

In a column for The Daily Caller, Sidley Austin Attorney Alan Charles Raul examines the American and European approaches to privacy legislation and proposes why the former approach is better for global data flows and innovation. In light of recent proposed frameworks on both sides of the Atlantic, Raul writes, "it could turn out to be pretty important to the Internet, information technology companies and consumers whether the world goes American or European on privacy." Raul argues that the American approach is more flexible and the European approach is too rigid. "What we lack in a single, consolidated, omnibus privacy law, we make up for in a consistently aggressive standard of enforcement," writes Raul.
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