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Corporate Privacy Practices Surprisingly Similar

DATA PROTECTION—GERMANY & U.S.

March 28, 2013

In the second of a series of blog posts for the IAPP’s Privacy Perspectives, Profs. Deirdre Mulligan and Kenneth Bamberger write of their research, “The two countries in which privacy officers were most empowered, and most involved in shaping firm strategy, couldn’t be more different in terms of their regulatory substance and form—Germany and the U.S.” They note that the results are “especially startling, because in global debates the German legal commitment to privacy protection is frequently held up as representing one end of the spectrum (strongest), while the U.S. approach is placed at the other.” In the post, Mulligan and Bamberger delve into why “a few elements of the German scene stand out in explaining some of the similarities.”
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