European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Google Case Reveals Weak U.S. Privacy Laws

PRIVACY LAW—EU & U.S.

August 16, 2012

In a column for Spiegel, Christian Stöcker says the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) $22.5 million fine of Google last week “underscores weaknesses in U.S. data protection regulations.” Though the fine is the largest in the FTC’s history and “far higher than any fine that has ever been imposed in Germany for data protection violations,” it represents “just 0.81 percent of the profits of the company,” and Stöcker adds, “some American data and privacy protection advocates are placing their hopes on the possibility of tougher regulations coming from Europe.”
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