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Opinion: Reforms on Both Sides of the Atlantic


July 31, 2012

In an op-ed for Concurring Opinions, Omer Tene of the Israeli College of Management School of Law reports on efforts within the U.S. and Europe to reform privacy frameworks. In the U.S., legislating Fair Information Practice Principles “remains crucial,” Tene writes, adding that without them, “the FTC cannot do much more than enforce promises made in corporate privacy policies, which are largely acknowledged to be vacuous.” When it comes to self-regulatory efforts, Tene notes many are skeptical about their success. In formalizing the EU’s draft regulation on data protection, policymakers “should keep in mind the desired balance between innovation, economic progress and regulation,” he writes.
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