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Parallel Privacy Universes and PRISM

DATA PROTECTION—EU & U.S.

July 30, 2013

“The U.S. and Europe seem locked in their own separate, parallel universes in the way they view PRISM and other recent revelations concerning law enforcement data access, as demonstrated by differences in transatlantic media coverage,” writes Wilson Sonsini’s Christopher Kuner. With discussion in Europe of reviewing the legality of the U.S. Safe Harbor agreement, some in the U.S. say these reactions “are just an excuse for protectionism.” In this Privacy Perspectives post, Kuner delves into the differing reactions on each side of the Atlantic, writing that both sides need to “find some common ground in order to better understand each other’s positions and avoid a political meltdown.”
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