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US and EU divided by a common language of privacy?

Some commentators would have us believe that the US and Europe are coming closer together on the issue of privacy. There were even simultaneous meetings last month in Brussels and Washington to talk about the thorny issue of online privacy and the future of data protection. Not surprisingly, however, the approach taken was reportedly very different.

In essence Europe “comes at” the issue of privacy from a platform of human rights whereas the US is much more likely to adopt legislation as evidence of enlightened business thinking (hopefully leading to US competitive advantage).
This could certainly hold some clues as to the shape of the future European regime. It might also suggest how the US data controllers might react if Europe tries to implicate them in common standards.

To read more about the different approaches, follow this link for a report on the meetings:

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